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Graça Machel

DBE HonFBA
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Graça Machel in 2010
First Lady of South Africa
In role
18 July 1998 – 14 June 1999
President Nelson Mandela
Preceded by Zindzi Mandela
Zenani Mandela
Succeeded by Zanele Mbeki
Minister of Education and Culture
In office
25 June 1975 – 1989
President Samora Machel
Preceded by Position established
First Lady of Mozambique
In role
11 November 1975 – 19 October 1986
President Samora Machel
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Marcelina Chissano
Personal details
Born
Graça Simbine

17 October 1945 (1945-10-17) (age 75)
Incadine, Portuguese Mozambique
Spouse(s)
Samora Machel
(m. 1975; died 1986)

Nelson Mandela
(m. 1998; died 2013)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Occupation Teacher, politician, activist

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.

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

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

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