We were delighted to welcome Her Excellency Tambo (South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) on Women’s Day the 8th March to Marymount.
She first met with all students from the African nations and then spoke to the whole school community about her life in politics, the South African constitution and the importance of the right to choose.
Her Excellency Ms Nomatemba Tambo is the daughter to apartheid struggle hero and former President of the African National Congress (ANC) Oliver Reginald Tambo and heroine Adelaide Tambo. Prior to being appointed South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ms Tambo served in Hong Kong and Italy.
Ms Tambo acquired a BA Honours combined degree in History and English from the Roehampton Institute in London, an LLB in Post Graduate Law from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Diplomatic Training Diploma from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
High Commissioner Tambo is co-founder of the South African Women’s Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Director/Founding Member of Women in Capital Growth (a Black Empowerment Company). She is also a Director of ‘Girls on a Mission’, a charity dealing with women, a Trustee for the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, Patron of SchoolAid, South Africa and Patron of People First, a charity focussing on the education of disadvantaged children in Rwanda.
Before London, her last diplomatic post was serving as Ambassador to Italy, Malta, Albania, San Marino and Permanent Representative to UN based agencies in Rome and she served as Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau.
‘Meeting Her Excellency Tambo was inspirational. She wanted to know about our aspirations, interests and where we were all from. She said that we must strive to do great things for ourselves and our communities. Her intelligence, kindness and passion for her home country, South Africa, came across to us all. We are very appreciative of the opportunity to meet such an incredibly accomplished and humble woman’
The Marymount African Community