Tshepo Motsepe (born 17 June 1953) is a South African physician and businessperson. She is the wife of the incumbent President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the First Lady of South Africa.
The doctor is the daughter of the late mining magnate Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe. She has worked in private and public hospitals in South Africa.
|17 June 1953 (age 70 years old)
|Place of birth:
|Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe
|University of KwaZulu-Natal
Harvard School of Public Health
|African National Congress
|Tumelo, Andile, Kiki, Mashudu
|Patrice Motsepe (brother)
Bridgette Radebe (sister)
|Jeff Radebe (brother-in-law)
Precious Moloi-Motsepe (sister-in-law)
|First Lady of South Africa
Tshepo Motsepe was born on 17 June 1953 in Soweto and grew up in the rural villages of Mathibestad near Hammanskraal.
Her ancestral home is Mmakau in the North West province of South Africa. She is the eldest of seven siblings and the daughter of the late Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe.
Motsepe holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained a Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health and Aging from the Harvard School of Public Health.
The medical doctor holds a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
As a qualified doctor, Motsepe has worked in private and public hospitals. She worked at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa and Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe.
Tshepo Motsepe was the Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Department’s Accreditation Committee. She is the current Patron of the nonprofit organization Early Care Foundation.
The First Lady is the Patron of the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH). She worked with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute. She is on the board of the Kids Haven Foundation.
Tshepo is also a patron of the Students Sponsorship Program. She is a trustee of the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand. She is a former member of the National Medical and Dental Association (NAMDA). She is on the board of the Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust.
Dr. Tshepo has a charitable side. She has worked with nonprofit organizations and has chaired many others. She is the former Chairperson of the African Self-Help Trust (ASHA) and non-executive director for the Wits Health Consortium and Hospice.
The First Lady also supported a girl named Kgothatso Molefe through school.
Dr Tshepo is married to President Cyril Ramaphosa. As a couple, they have four children named Tumelo, Andile, Kiki and Mashudu. She also has a stepdaughter named Tulisa. She and her husband have a family home in Chiawelo, Soweto.
Tshepo met Ramaphosa on a blind date set up by her friends. He was not her first choice but her sixth. She got married to Cyril Ramaphosa in 1996. They lived in Fresnaye, Cape Town, at the foot of Lion’s head on a stretch of land that cost R30 million.
Her father is the late Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe. Her sister, Bridgette Radebe, is married to Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. She is the sister of mogul and billionaire Patrice Motsepe.