Dr Moloi-Motsepe

Dr Moloi-Motsepe 

3Qualified from WITS Medical School with an MDBCh, and later a diploma in Child Health (Dch).She then furthered her studies and obtained a diploma in Women and Reproductive Health from Stellenbosch University and opened a Women’s Health Clinic in Johannesburg.

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe has many titles. A qualified medical doctor, she once worked as a general practitioner and opened up one of Johannesburg’s first women’s health clinics. She currently heads the Motsepe Family Foundation and sits on the board of numerous organizations. Often referred to as the “Queen of South African Fashion”, Precious has impeccable personal style, and is often in the front row of fashion shows across the continent as director of African Fashion International (AFI). The organization focuses on supporting and providing a platform for local fashion designers.

In 1989, Precious married Patrice. Born in Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Patrice Motsepe is now one of the richest men in Africa (Forbes lists him as the 4th richest person in South Africa, the 10th richest in Africa, and the 442nd richest in the world). The first black partner at law firm Bowman Gilfillan in 1994, Patrice later founded a mining company, African Rainbow Minerals. Patrice is fairly modest, though he did splurge on buying the local MamelodiSundowns Football Club in 2003.

She worked for 20 years as a medical doctor before establishing African Fashion International (AFI) in 2008.

She is Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, a family foundation which supports marginalised communities to pursue their aspirations and lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Dr Moloi-Motsepe and Mr Patrice Motsepe are the first couple from the African continent to join the Warren Buffet/Bill and Melinda Gates Giving Pledge Initiative.

Dr. Moloi-Motsepe believes that women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and should be at the centre of all the development  frameworks .A strong advocate for holistic and multi-sectoral approaches to empowering women and girls by considering all aspects of their socio-economic challenges, as progress in one area is usually inadequate to fully empower women.

Dr. Moloi-Motsepe created a special Women Economic Development Unit within the family Foundation to focus solely on areas that are fundamental to women’s equality and improving their well-being. The Unit implements gender responsive budgeting and planning initiatives, development of women co-operatives and women resource book.

Dr. Moloi-Motsepe served on various panels and boards including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, Women Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School, International Women’s Forum of South Africa, Synergos Institute, Endeavour and St John’s College.

She is passionate about education, mentorship and promoting entrepreneurship for personal growth and the broader economic success of communities and countries. She serves on various panels and boards including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, Women Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a member of International Women’s Forum of South Africa. She was one of the keynote speakers at the International Herald Tribune “Promise of Africa Luxury Conference in 2012” and was named one of the top 100 influential people on the continent by the New African Women Magazine.

She and her husband live in Johannesburg with their three sons.