Graça Machel

Mozambican humanitarian activist and politician

Graça Machel DBE HonFBA (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡɾasɐ mɐˈʃɛɫ]; née Simbine, pronounced: [sĩˈbĩni], born 17 October 1945) is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of both former presidents of Mozambique and South Africa; Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela.[1]


Graça Machel

Madame Graca Machel.jpg
Graça Machel in 2010
First Lady of South Africa
In role
18 July 1998 – 14 June 1999
PresidentNelson Mandela
Preceded byZindzi Mandela
Zenani Mandela
Succeeded byZanele Mbeki
Minister of Education and Culture
In office
25 June 1975 – 1989
PresidentSamora Machel
Preceded byPosition established
First Lady of Mozambique
In role
11 November 1975 – 19 October 1986
PresidentSamora Machel
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMarcelina Chissano
Personal details
Born
Graça Simbine

(1945-10-17) 17 October 1945 (age 77)
Incadine, Portuguese Mozambique
Spouse(s)
Samora Machel
(m. 1975; died 1986)

Nelson Mandela
(m. 1998; died 2013)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
OccupationTeacher, politician, activist

Machel is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP).

She was chancellor of the University of Cape Town between 1999 and 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Graca Machel: There Is Nothing Exceptional About Me..." This Day Live. 16 August 2014. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015.