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President Ramaphosa’s wife speaks out for the first time

Less is known about the wife of the President of South Africa, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, except that she is the sister of billionaire and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.

Ever since taking to the office, Mrs Ramaphosa has not been active in the social scenes and has basically kept to herself.

This week though saw the First Lady of the country being vocal about something close to her heart.

South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, has called on the Ministers responsible for food and nutrition security to strengthen food safety nets for children.

Motsepe made the plea on Thursday, when she delivered the opening address at the launch of the 2020 South African Child Gauge, hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.

The First Lady said there is a need to strengthen the food security nets for children, including the National School Nutrition Program , the Early Child Development subsidy, campaigns for exclusive breastfeeding, programs of food fortification and food supplementation as well as social protection policies.

South Africa has some of highest number of unemployment in the world, with poverty very much visible in the squatter camps all over the country.