Gaositwe K.T. Chiepe


Gaositwe K.T. Chiepe born Serowe, Bechuanaland August 20, 1926. First woman in Botswana cabinet 1974; top ambassador, 10 years Foreign Minister 1984-94; active in negotiation of Lomé Conventions for European trade and aid to Africa 1975; supported UN measures against Apartheid and promoted Namibian independence; observed elections Zanzibar, Zimbabwe 2000.


On Apartheid: "It would indeed be unnatural to expect millions of people denied basic human rights to fold their arms and resign themselves to perpetual servitude." (Botswana Daily News, Jan. 29, 1984; photo