South Africa’s first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe embarks on state visit to America

South Africa’s first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe embarks on state visit to America

- South Africa’s first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe is embarking on an official state visit to the United States of America

- Motsepe will speak at Harvard University before attending the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue at the United Nations in New York

- President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead South Africa’s delegation at the UN but the couple have differing official agenda’s for the trip

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South Africa’s first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe is embarking on an officially sanctioned state visit to the United State of America. Motsepe will speak at Harvard University which is her alma mater, she will deliver a speech at the Open Summit on early childhood health and development in South Africa.

Motsepe is also due to have an open discussion with students and professors from the department of global health and population before embarking on the second leg of her visit. Motsepe will travel to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City for the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue.

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The presidency revealed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead South Africa’s delegation at the UN general assembly but noted that the couple has differing official engagements and agenda’s for the trip.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Motsepe is a qualified medical doctor having completed a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

TimesLive.co.za reported that Motsepe also holds a master of public health in maternal child health and ageing from Harvard University’s prestigious school of Public Health.

The first lady has vast experience in the medical field and has worked at two of Southern Africa’s largest hospitals. Motsepe worked at both the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.

Motsepe also worked in the private health sector for many years and has worked on some of the leading HIV/Aids research projects in the country.

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The first lady is a former chairperson of the accreditation committee for the Gauteng Health Department and currently serves as the chairperson for Africa Self Help Trust.

The organisation provides support for home-based crèches and day care centres located in rural, impoverished and disadvantaged communities.

Motsepe also completed a social entrepreneurship programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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