President Donald Trump nominates Lana Marks to become US envoy to South Africa


US President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Lana Marks to become the next Ambassador to South Africa.

Marks, a handbag designer, was born and raised in South Africa, where she attended the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg, the White House said in a statement.

Marks is a well-known figure in the business of luxury handbags made from exotic animal skins such as ostrich and alligators. Her bags can fetch well over $19,000. One of her most expensive creations is a $400,000 clutch.

The nominee is said to be a Florida resident and member of Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort which costs $200,000 to join.

According to the White House, Marks speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa, two of South Africa’s languages.

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