Oprah in SA for first graduation

2012-01-13 16:44
Henley on Klip, Gauteng - Oprah Winfrey is set to attend the first graduation of high school seniors at her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa over the weekend.

Less than a year after she ended The Oprah Winfrey Show in May after 25 years on air, Winfrey launched the once a week Oprah's Next Chapter in January on her fledgling cable TV channel OWN.

Winfrey, who spent millions on the sprawling campus near Johannesburg on the school for girls from disadvantaged background, believes her new show could be a springboard for philanthropy.

100% pass rate

"It's very hard to see need, and to feel it in the essence of your own humanity and not do something about it. I used to say this to people watching my show, 'Now that you have seen it, you can't pretend that you didn't see it'."

Winfrey, who has met anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela several times during visits to South Africa, said she would like to visit the former president during this trip.

Mandela, 93, and often called by his clan name Madiba, has had few visitors since he suffered a respiratory ailment last year that sent him to hospital.

"I try to see Madiba each time I come. If he is able to see me, yes, I will (see him)," Winfrey said.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls Class of 2011 achieved a 100% pass rate with 188 distinctions among them in the National Senior Certificate exam.


  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-13 18:49

    Watch your handbag Oprah.

  • Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-13 21:49

    Well done for the results! Perfect proof it's our public education system that's the problem, not the learners.

      Sterling - 2012-01-13 22:42

      One must remember that these students are screened before they are addmitted to this school. There is no politic in running this school, if the students don't like it there, they can leave. I am wondering if this school is using the same passing score of seventy like in the US.

      Spyker - 2012-01-14 08:02

      "...a 100% pass rate with 188 distinctions among them in the National Senior Certificate exam..." BRILLIANT..! It is about the only good news from 2011. Oprah Winfrey and her Leadership Academy demonstrate why the USA is such a great place. Some people may not like their foreign policy, but their mandate is to protect their way of life (that invariably gave rise to the Winfrey's of this world and all that goes with it), so cross them and then you cannot go and cry to mamma...

  • eradingoana - 2012-01-14 13:41

    You have planted the seed which should be proud of you Oprah. Congrats

  • Landi Coetzee - 2012-01-14 19:53

    Oprah for SA President!!!!!

      Mantsho - 2012-01-14 23:13

      Why? dont you know that she is American citizen.

      Landi Coetzee - 2012-01-15 08:21

      yes ofcourse i know that! :) but just imagine our education system if Oprah was in charge! personally, i think it would be great!

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