President Paul Kagame welcomed the official installation of Precious Moloi-Motsepe as Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, wishing her “every” success in this role as she helps lead this university to the next chapter.
Kagame made the remarks on Friday afternoon by virtually addressing special guests at the hybrid event.
Motsepe who becomes the prestigious university’s sixth chancellor began her 10-year term last year in January, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other restrictions, the settling tradition was not feasible .
Kagame said the University of Cape Town is not only one of the best in Africa, but also recognized around the world for its excellence.
“Among its graduates we have the best and brightest in South Africa as well as many emerging professionals in my country and across Africa,” he said. “The time our students spent on the University of Cape Town campus not only enriched them, but prepared them for a productive life of service after graduation.”
Kagame argued that the chancellor is much more than a symbolic head of the university.
Over time, he added, the incumbent Chancellor of the University of Cape Town has tended to reflect on where South Africa is and where it is going.
“Precious is not only an eminent successor to our sister Graca Machel, but an inspiration in its own right, as a doctor, philanthropist and entrepreneur,” he underlined.
Kagame also pointed out that “my family and I are proud to call her and Patrice (Motsepe) after friends, even family members.”
“In the future, we want to see an even greater connection between the University of Cape Town and our continent as a whole as we work to deepen African economic integration and unity.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Cape Town University Council Chairman Babalwa Ngonyama said the Chancellor is the titular Director of the University and presides over graduation ceremonies, confers and awards degrees. as well as certificates on behalf of the University. .
“The role of chancellor requires an individual of stature with exceptional personal qualities and integrity,” said Ngonyama.
Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a philanthropist and entrepreneur, recognized as one of the continent’s 50 Most Powerful Women by Forbes Africa.
Her philanthropic and business interests are intertwined, focusing on education, women, youth empowerment, and the creative arts industries.
As the co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation, she made the foundation one of the largest philanthropic organizations on the continent.
The foundation, created in 1999, aims to contribute to the eradication of poverty and to sustainably improve the living conditions and standard of living of poor, unemployed and marginalized people in South Africa, Africa and the world.