Graça Simbine

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Graça Simbine was born in Gaza Province, Portuguese East Africa back in 1945.  She attended the Methodist mission schools.  He continued her education attending the University of Lisbon in Portugal studying German.  She was fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English.  After graduation she joined the Mozambican Liberation Front.

In 1992, she received the Africa Prize, awarded annually to an individual who has contributed to the goal of eliminating hunger in Africa.  In 1997, she was honored with the Dame Commander of the Order of the British empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution and services in the field or human rights protection.  She has been chancellor for the University of Cape Town from 1999-2019.  In 2009, she was appointed to the Commonwealth of Nations’ Eminent Person Group.  In 2016, she was named chancellor of the African Leadership University, a role that she still holds today.

What you may not know about Graça is that she is the former wife of President of Mozambique Samor Machel and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.  She is the only woman in modern history to have served as First Lady of two countries.  In 1975, she was appointed Mozambican first Minister of Education and Culture.

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Comments (16)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. Have a great Sunday and an outstanding week.

Sep 05, 2021 04:54 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An intelligent woman.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Sep 05, 2021 05:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I am quite impressed with her ability to speak multiple languages among her many other accomplishments.  

Sep 05, 2021 05:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Garca is a person of significant contribution to those in Africa. Enjoy your day.

Sep 05, 2021 06:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

She sounds like such a wonderful person and I definitely admire anyone that dedicates time to help others.

Sep 05, 2021 06:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story of having been married to the presidents of two countries.  And the best part is her humanitarian efforts.  A

Sep 05, 2021 06:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, what an amazing woman, and to speak so many different languages!  

Sep 05, 2021 07:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... what a humanitarian! And while I knew of her being married to Nelson Mandela, I did not know about her marriage Samor Machel.

Sep 05, 2021 07:39 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Nice article.  There is a typo: 

He continued her education attending the University of .....

Sep 05, 2021 08:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

What an impressive woman, in a number of ways, from her language fluency to her many contributions to bettering the world.

Sep 05, 2021 11:42 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, talk about friends in high places. Nelson Mandela is one of my heroes.

Sep 05, 2021 11:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

wow James- now that is quite an achievement and an amazing woman. 

Sep 05, 2021 01:01 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! That is certainly a unique distinction that she holds

Sep 05, 2021 01:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow now that is what I call being an ambitious woman... all the languages and then the power positions....hmm

Sep 05, 2021 10:51 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am empressed with any one who can spweak a foriegn language... much less four or five James Dray

Sep 06, 2021 07:02 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Graça Simbine has touched many lives. She is owed many thanks for her contribution to human advancement.

Nov 21, 2021 02:48 PM