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16/02/2018 12:21 SAST | Updated 16/02/2018 13:00 SAST

Meet Dr Tshepo Motsepe: South Africa's New First Lady

President Cyril Ramaphosa has kept his personal life with his second wife and family extremely private, but now South Africa wants to meet them...

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe.

Cyril Ramphosa was sworn in as South Africa's president yesterday in Cape Town – and for the first time, many South Africans are realising they know very little about his personal life. Some don't even know the name of his wife yet – Dr Tshepo Motsepe, sister of business mogul Patrice Motsepe.

The new first lady has a list of qualifications as long as former president Jacob Zuma's charge sheet. She holds an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (that means she's a medical doctor...). She also did a Master's of Public Health at prestigious Harvard University in the U.S. In addition, she completed a certificate course in the social entrepreneurship certificate programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA � JANUARY 16: Deputy President of South Africa and President of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Tshepo Motsepe during the funeral service of poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile at the Marks Park sports ground, Emmarentia on January 16, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mourners gathered to pay their last respects to poet and struggle icon Professor Keorapetse �Bra Willie� Kgositsile. He was 79. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Mduduzi Ndzingi)

Besides a career in which she has worked in hospitals in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the first lady is a philanthropist.

She is a patron of the South African Civil Society for Women's, Adolescents' and Children's Health (SACSoWACH), a former board member at the Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust, and has also served on the board of the Kids Haven Foundation

She is guided by the belief that "economic and social development is a prerequisite for communities to lead socially and economically productive lives'", as stated in the World Health Organisation's Alma Ata Declaration of 1978.

She and the president have four children – one of them is Tumelo, a businessman like his dad. He attended St Stithians College, then completed undergraduate studies at Damelin and his master's at Hult International Business School. He went on to be a business consultant for fast-food chain McDonald's South Africa.

Tumelo started StudEx Wild Life, which uses "Studex coin", a cryptocurrency based on endangered species conservation, which aims to protect them from hunting, poaching, predators and disease.

Studex coin, a Cryptocurrency based on endangered wildlife species conservation to protect them from hunting, poaching, predators and disease. Started 3 years ago as a business school project now one of world Cryptocurrency Economic Forum top 20 startups http://wcef.co Using drones to film the animals and upload them to the #STUDEXCOIN virtual reality application with @oculus VR headset. Racing drones which used to be a hobby now using filming drones to pay the bills as autonomous artificial intelligent employees working in the sky. Helping us capture footage from above to help sell #STUDEXCOIN. Watch the Wolf of Wall Street herd the cattle from the sky with an eagle... #STUDEXCOIN soon to be on https://coinmarketcap.com The day a Giant touched a Unicorn and the Unicorn launched a rocket to Mars... In this video Studex VR app under development with first generation 2016 PS4 VR headset... Launch Studex app will be on @oculus GO mobile Virtual reality headset. Wildlife Cryptocurrency conservation all in VR from anywhere in the world making everyone a virtual to reality conservation farmer. #MYPACKISALWAYSHUNGRY

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Our new first lady is also stylish – witness her two-piece Thula Sindi ensemble in Parliament on Thursday for her husband's swearing-in as president.