Tshepo Motsepe Biography | Dr Tshepo Motsepe Biography
Tshepo Motsepe is a South African doctor and the First Lady of South Africa as the wife of Cyril Ramaphosa the President of South Africa.
She graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with an MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) and went on to complete her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal Child Health and Aging at Harvard School of Public Health.
In 2012, she completed a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SECP) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is the current chairperson of the African Self Help Trust (ASHA Trust), focusing on Early Childhood Development and Education.
As a doctor, the First Lady has previously worked in both public and private practice (in Mmakau Village and Pretoria CBD). Among the hospitals she has worked in include: Bophelong Hospital, Mahikeng and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto in South Africa and Mutare, Chinhoyi, Harare and Parirenyatwa Hospitals in Zimbabwe. Hospitals). She’s a former Deputy Director of The Reproductive Health Research Institute.
Dr Tshepo Motsepe Family | Dr Tshepo Motsepe and Patrice Motsepe
She was born in Soweto, South Africa and is a daughter of the late Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe. She has two siblings: her brother is the mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals and her sister Bridgette Radebe, is the wife of African National Congress (ANC) politician and Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe.
Dr Tshepo Motsepe Children | Dr Tshepo Motsepe Husband
Tshepo is the third wife to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Together they have four children: sons Andile and Tumelo and daughters Keneilwe (Kiki) and Mashudu. His husband also has an older daughter, Tulisa, from his first marriage with the late Nomazizi Mtshotshisana.
Dr Tshepo Motsepe and her husband, President Cyril Ramaphosa
Tshepo Motsepe Work off Medical Practice
- Non-executive director of Wits Health Consortium
- Board Member – HospiceWits (Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand)
- Patron of South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH)
- Patron of Students Sponsorship Program (SSP)
- Served as Chairperson of Gauteng
Health Department’s Accreditation Committee
- Former board member Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust
- Former board member Kids Haven Foundation
- Former Membership – National Medical and Dental Association.
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Dr Tshepo Motsepe: First in class
Published: July 25, 2018
Medical doctor, philanthropist and activist Dr Tshepo Motsepe is finally picking up the First Lady mantel after months in recovery from a leg operation. In this exclusive first interview, she opens up about a life passionately driven by women’s causes
Motsepe still walks a little gingerly from the knee operation, which saw her recuperating, often in bed, for over three months.
It meant she was out of commission for the first few months of her husband Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascent to the Presidency. She describes it as being “underground” for the start of her “so-called First Lady” role. It’s evidently a term that hasn’t quite landed yet.
“I don’t know much about being First Lady. It’s completely new terrain and I’m not used to the attention. It’s been a bit of a shock to me,” she says.
She’s the kind of woman who’s always let her career as a medical doctor speak for itself and she’s visibly uncomfortable reflecting on the title without acknowledging the incredible body of work she accomplished long before Ramaphosa considered a return to active politics, giving her the new moniker. It’s a little-known fact that Motsepe was in charge of the roll-out of legal abortions as the Deputy Director of the then Wits Reproductive Health Research Institute in the late 1990s, after the groundbreaking introduction of the Termination of Pregnancy Act. She remains a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive rights.
“I’m a doctor and businesswoman first, and a mother and wife,” she reflects – a fitting sentiment for Women’s Month.
Motsepe’s currently the Chairperson of the African Self-Help Association Trust (Asha), an NGO working in the Early Childhood Development sector, training and developing the owners of township crèches. Its success rate is 98%, meaning that the vast majority of the crèches owned by women trained by Asha thrive. It’s active in a number of provinces, although Gauteng is the trust’s home base.
At Owethu Day Care Centre, a bright oasis in the warren of Alexandra’s winding roads, nearly 100 children are cared for by Emily Mahlobo, who’s completed the various Asha training modules. Smiley faces from the three different playgroups accessorise the windows as Motsepe moves between the classrooms, patiently doing word puzzles and singing songs with the children. A fully-stocked pantry, thick lever arch files of the business’s registration documents and beautifully resourced classrooms are the tactile fruits of Asha’s work. Mahlobo says the majority of the children’s mothers are school pupils themselves.
“Many of our ladies didn’t finish school, so our textbooks are in comic form and the lessons are taught in role-playing and acting. Topics covered include legislation, basic business management and financial management. Our aim is to ensure that our children are in a safe, secure and stimulating environment,” explains Motsepe.
Informal crèches need to comply with the regulations of six government departments – Social Development, Education, Safety and Security, Sports and Recreation, Environmental Affairs and Health – before they’re officially registered and able to claim a grant of R15,25 per child per day.
“That’s the incentive for crèche-owners to encourage them to work towards certification, with our help. We also encourage them to collect school fees from as many parents as can afford them, generally about R80 a month. This really helps ensure the sustainability of the crèches and enables them to employ additional staff,” she adds