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Mamphela Ramphele Biography


Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a South African politician, an activist against apartheid, a medical doctor, an academic and a businesswoman. She was a partner of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, with whom she had two children.

She is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank. Ramphele founded the political party Agang South Africa in February 2013 but withdrew from politics in July 2014.

Mamphela Ramphele

BORN: 28 December 1947 (age 73)

HOME TOWN: Bochum District, Transvaal, South Africa

PARENT: Rangoato Rahab (mother) and Pitsi Eliphaz Ramphele (father)

SPOUSE: Steve Biko

CHILDREN: Hlumelo Biko

OCCUPATION: Physician, Businessperson

AWARDS: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1984. An Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Tufts University in May 1991…

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