Profile of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a businesswoman and humanitarian who started her career path as a medical doctor. She was drawn into the fashion world when she realised that the fashion and clothing industry can play an important role
in supporting and developing small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship.
“I am inspired by the talent of South African artists and fashion designers. I believe that it is only a matter of time before we have South African designers exporting to big fashion houses and retailers overseas. Their unique designs set them apart and make them stand out. The world of fashion is always looking for new talent.” says Dr. Moloi-Motsepe.
Dr Moloi-Motsepe started her career in medicine at the University of Witwatersrand. She has worked in both the public and private health sector as a general practitioner and opened one of the first women’s health clinics in Johannesburg. Her involvement in medicine is now includes educating and advising women on women’s health issues and working with NGOs.
She heads the Motsepe Family Foundation, which immerses itself in projects and ventures that positively impact on the country and its people, from health and education to the nurturing of young talent in the fields of music, sport and fashion. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a board member of Synergos (SA Chapter), Endeavor and the Global Philanthropy Circle, and is the Patron of Birdlife South Africa and Child Welfare South Africa. The Chairperson has also married her passion for women’s health and fashion business through the Design for Life Breast Cancer campaign.
South Africa’s Most Influential Women 2012
The Elizabeth Tshabalala Award On Raising Breast Cancer Awareness
Prestige Award – City Press Rapport
President: Cancer Association of South Africa
Most Recently Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe flew the South African flag high when she was honoured with the inaugural Franca Sozzani Award at the United Nations in New York for her work in promoting African Fashion, and empowering disadvantaged women across the globe.
The philanthropist who is the founder and CEO of empowerment organisation, African Fashion International (AFI) was recognised for efforts by philanthropic body Fashion 4 Development.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE from New York after accepting her award, Dr Precious said it was “an absolute honour” to represent the African continent and believed it was confirmation that African fashion was “on the right track”.
“I am humbled by the award and accept it on behalf of everyone who has worked so hard on the continent to push the ideals of equality and empowerment. In my culture, we say ‘if you want to go fast you walk alone, but if you want to go far, you walk with others.’ It is a victory for all of Africa. We (AFI) create platforms to develop globally recognised African design talent and this award is confirmation that, as a continent, we are on the right track,” she said.
Ten African designers including SA’s David Tlale, Klûk CGDT, Thula Sindi, Marianne Fassler, MaXhosa by Laduma, Stefania Morland, Gavin Rajah, and Tuelo Nguyuza were selected to showcase their work at the awards.
She said the award represented another step in Africa’s journey to make an impact on global fashion and was grateful for the support she had received in her goal to help her make a difference.
“Even as a young girl in Soweto, I was aware of the need to make a change to my community. I have received support from people around the world in trying to make that happen. There is a beauty in seeing humanity come together and work for the greater good. I am grateful to have received this award but I am just one person of many trying to make a difference,” she said.
Dr Precious believed that African fashion would continue to grow in both strength and international demand.
“We need to be proud of our work and never compromise our quality of designs because it is what makes us stand out and strong. People admire us and want our designs because we are unique and we cannot lose that,” she added.
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