- Dr Tshepo Motsepe, President Cyril Ramaphosa's wife, is a very accomplished and intelligent woman
- She earned her numerous academic qualifications through hard work and determination
- Her passion for helping the children and the women of South Africa has touched countless lives
President Cyril Ramaphosa is under a great deal of scrutiny as he leads South Africa in one of its greatest challenges in memory. Fortunately for South Africa - and for Ramaphosa too - he has a powerful asset in the fight against coronavirus, his wife.
The first lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, has been instrumental in improving the lives of South Africans.
Briefly.co.za took a closer look at the woman behind the most powerful man in South Africa.
She is a real doctor:
Tshepo, (66) was born in Soweto on 17 June, 1953 and was raised in the village of Mathibestad near Hammanskraal as well as in Mmakau, her ancestral home in the North West province. She is the eldest of seven children.
She does not have an honorary degree but she is a qualified doctor. She studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery qualifications.
She also attended Harvard:
Dr Motsepe attended the Harvard School of Public Health where she obtained a Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health degree. On top of this, she also has a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Beside having theoretical experience, she has also had practical experience working in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa and Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe.
She also helped fight against Aids and HIV when she worked with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute. On top of that, she served as Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Department’s Accreditation Committee.
At the moment, Dr Motsepe is the Patron of the Early Care Foundation, which used to be called the ASHA Trust. This is a non-profit organisation which helps support early childhood development programmes in disadvantaged areas. She is also the patron of the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) and a trustee of the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand.
Her family is very powerful:
Dr Motsepe has forged her own path in life with hard work and determination but she is not the only member of her family who has been successful. He father is the late Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe. Her brother is none other than billionaire philanthropist Patrice Motsepe. Her sister is the wife of Jeff Radebe, the former Minister of Energy and an ANC member.
Ramaphosa had other wives before Dr Motsepe:
She is Ramaphosa's third wife. Cyril was previously married to Hope Ramaphosa and had a son with her, but later divorced her to marry Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, who sadly passed away.
Since meeting Tshepo, Cyril has been at her side through good times and bad, even when rumours of infidelity threatened their marriage.
“It is very sad what is happening. It’s disappointing that people have to go to such lengths to discredit a person. I am very, very upset about it. We have been together a long time and are happily married,” she told the Sunday Times..
She is a proud mother of 4:
Cyril and Tshepo are the proud parents of three of their own children and also Cyril's son, whom he had with his ex-wife Nomazizi.
Their children have, for the most part, kept out of the public eye and not much is known about them. What we do know is they inherited their parents' intelligence.
Tumelo Ramaphosa has a Master of Science from an American business school and is the CEO of StudEx Wild Life. He is the only one of Ramaphosa's children who shares his life on social media.
Dr Motsepe cares about children:
She is active in several non-profit organisations which work to make the lives of women and children better.
She is a chairperson of African Self Help Trust (ASHA), which assists in early childhood development. She has also helped the Students Sponsorship Programme, South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health and was formerly on the board of the Kids Haven Foundation.
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