Basetsana Kumalo Biography
Basetsana Kumalo whose full name is Basetsana Julia Kumalo was born on 29th March 1974 in Soweto, South Africa. She is a South African television personality, beauty pageant titleholder, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
Basetsana Kumalo Education Background
She attended Thabisang Primary School and when Soweto schools became unstable in 1986, Kumalo was sent to school in Lenasia.
Basetsana Kumalo Career
In 1990 at the age of 16 she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa.
In 1994 she was crowned Miss South Africa and in the same year became the first runner-up in Miss World
While she was the reigning Miss South Africa,she started presenting the lifestyle television programme Top Billing. She formed a partnership with the show’s producer, Patience Stevens. They formed Tswelopele Productions with Kumalo owning a fifty-percent stake. The company is accredited by Impumelelo as one of South Africa’s top 300 empowerment companies. The company’s flagship brand is the Top Billing TV show, produced for SABC3. In 1999, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and listed on the JSE Securities Exchanged SA, making Kumalo one of the youngest black women directors to be part of the mainstream of the South African economy.
In 2001, Basetsane joined Gauteng Travel Academy as a director.
In 2006 she had a stint on Metro FM, when she hosted the Breakfast show on 10 August 2006. After three hours behind the microphone, she said she was petrified.
In 2016, she was guest judge in the final Miss South Africa 2016 beauty pageant.
She is the President of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa.In 2008, Kumalo became a new Tawana shareholder through a transaction with her investment company Pro Direct 189.
Basetsana Kumalo Bassie
In 2000 she launched her own clothing range under the label Stature Ladies wear by Bassie, distributed by Ackerman’s department stores across 240 outlets throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. She has since discontinued the range.
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In 2002, under the Bassie brand, Kumalo launched an eyewear range, distributed through Torga Optical (60 stores countrywide). She followed this by launching the Bassie Red cosmetics textrange into 100 Foschini stores nationwide, followed with the Bassie Gold range in 2006.
In 2004 she contributed to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which focuses on the new face of leadership in the country.
She features on Recipes from the Heart with 36 of South Africa’s most-loved celebrities. She is the editor-at-large of the Top Billing magazine. She used to be the Beauty Editor for DRUM magazine.
Basetsana Kumalo Philanthropy
Basetsana Kumalo together with her husband Romeo they launched the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which will develop children, specifically those orphaned by AIDS and other related diseases.
Kumalo joined actress Salma Hayek in the bid to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus in the world, as spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund and nappy brand Pamper’s campaign to save more than 250 million infants by 2012.
She volunteers with Agang Sechaba, a project that was started in 2007 by Nomsa Ntshingila, directed at giving back to the townships in which they were born.
Basetsana Kumalo Family; Husband, Children
Basetsana Kumalo was born to her father Philip Makgalemele who was a bus driver and died in 2003 and her mother Beatrice Makgalemele who was a teacher and died in 2006.She has two two and brother.
Before and during her reign as Miss South Africa, Kumalo dated boxer Dingaan Thobela.
In 1997 she started dating her husband Romeo Kumalo and in 2000 they got married. In 2005 Kumalo gave birth to their first child, a boy named Nkosinathi Gabriel. A second son, uShaka Kgositsile Emmanuel, was born in 2012.