In the quest to adequately describe and capture the true description of Ms. Gaositwe Keagakwa Tibe Chiepe we looked to various sources, see below for what some of them had to say. We hope this is a fitting introduction to a woman who is all of the mentioned and more.
“an intellectual educator, diplomat, politician and cabinet minister of external affairs” – Whos Who SA
“…..luminous career, spanning decades of dedicated civil service…pan- African peace mediator and anti- apartheid campaigner”- Proudly African
Ms. Gaositwe Keagakwa Tibe Chiepe was born in Serowe in 1925. She attended primary school in Serowe then pursued her secondary education at Tigerkloof (South Africa). Following which she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Fort Hare, and later on attained a Masters of Arts at the University of Bristol (England). She holds a number of honorary Doctorate degrees from various institutions including Fort Hare and the University of Chicago and has received several awards such as the Commander of Royal Order of Polar Star, King of Sweden and President’s Order of Honor, Botswana.
Among the firsts accomplished by Ms Chiepe, she was the first woman education officer of Botswana from 1948 to 1953, as well as the first woman to be appointed a cabinet minister. Ms. Chiepe was instrumental in developing Botswana’s education system and is known to many as the woman who fought for the free education in Botswana. She was the Minister of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs in 1977-1984 during the crucial Debswana negotiations which saw the Botswana Government become a great player in the diamond industry and benefit immensely fromthe diamond revenues; 35 years later, the debswana deal contributes about 30 percent to government revenues.
“I won 5pounds, it was a lot of money at the time…I bought a pair of shoes, a jacket for my uncle and tukwi (head scarf)” Chiepe
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