Jarvis Christian College to host First Lady of the Republic of South Africa
Hawkins, TX – Jarvis Christian College will host Madame Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, Feb. 20-24, 2016.
During her visit, Madame Ngema-Zuma will be involved in several activities, including a Black History Month program at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Smith-Howard Chapel; photo opportunities with students; and interview sessions.
Jarvis Christian College also has made arrangements with the First Lady to make appearances at other venues, including Wiley College on Wednesday, Feb, 24; and several other organizations and agencies in the East Texas area.
Madame Ngema-Zuma was born in Durban and became First Lady of the Republic of South Africa when her husband, the Honorable Jacob Zuma, became the fourth president of the Republic in May 2009.
As First Lady, Madame Ngema-Zuma participates in programs that support regulatory community development objectives, focusing mainly on primary health care. Her aim is to engage stakeholders on issues that are of importance to her, the President and the people of South Africa, and the world. One such issue is her work concerning diabetes.
Madame Ngema-Zuma founded the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation in 2010 and had been working to raise awareness of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. Her passion is to ensure that no one suffers unnecessarily or dies because they are unaware they have diabetes or because they are not receiving appropriate treatment for the condition.
She founded the initiative in memory of her mother, who lived with diabetes for three decades. Her mother’s commitment to leading a healthy and active life has made Madame Ngema-Zuma determined to ensure that everyone living with the condition have the same quality of life.
On a broader social level, Madame Ngema-Zuma aims to promote the empowerment of women and children, rural development and education in South Africa.
She has held positions in companies such as Deloitte-IBM, Standard Chartered and Merchant Bank (SCMB). Her experience includes marketing management, communications, client relationship management, business partner management and investment consulting.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Graduate School of Marketing; an IMM Diploma in Marketing Communications from the Institute of Marketing Management; a marketing degree from ICM of the UK; and certifications in Public Relations and Sales Management from Damelin College.
Madame Ngema-Zuma is a member of several organizations and worldwide networks, including the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the Africa Heritage Society and the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM). She and President Zuma have one son.
Please join Jarvis Christian College in welcoming Madame Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma.