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THE YCEO: South African Businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo

Basetsana Julia “Bassie” Kumalo conceived 29 March 1974, is a South African TV character, magnificence expo titleholder, specialist, and giver. Her vocation started in 1990 when she was delegated Miss Soweto, and Miss Black South Africa at 16 years old. She was delegated Miss South Africa in 1994 and around the same time turned into the main sprinter up in Miss World.

Kumalo was conceived in Soweto, South Africa. Her transport driver father, Philip Makgalemele, kicked the bucket in 2003 and her teacher mother, Beatrice Makgalemele, passed on in 2006. She went to Thabisang Primary School. At the point when the Soweto schools ended up unsteady in 1986, Kumalo was sent to class in Lenasia.

She and her two sisters and sibling spent their initial years keeping the family above water, making sandwiches to move at soccer coordinates each end of the week.

Previously and amid her rule as Miss South Africa, Kumalo dated boxer Dingaan Thobela.

She met her better half Romeo Kumalo, a Vodacom official, and previous supporter, when she was delegated, Miss Soweto. They began dating in 1997 and wedded in 2000. In 2005 Kumalo brought forth their first youngster, a kid named Nkosinathi Gabriel. A second child, uShaka Kgositsile Emmanuel, was conceived in 2012.

Amid 1990 and 1991, Kumalo was delegated Miss Soweto at 16 years old. Kumalo left school intending to emulate her mom’s example as an instructor, yet it was while before she was selected at the University of Venda to examine training. Her mom entered her into Miss South Africa exhibition that Kumalo proceeded to win.

While the dominant Miss South Africa, she began exhibiting the way of life TV program Top Billing. Kumalo shaped an organization with the show’s maker, Patience Stevens. Tswelopele Productions was brought into the world with Kumalo owning a 50% stake. The organization is licensed by Impumelelo as one of South Africa’s best 300 strengthening organizations. The organization’s leader image is the Top Billing TV appear, created for SABC3. In 1999, Tswelopele converged with Union Alliance Media and recorded on the JSE Securities Exchanged SA, making Kumalo one of the most youthful dark ladies chiefs to be a piece of the standard of the South African economy. As of late, Top Billing’s prosperity has conveyed more activities to the Tswelopele mark, for example, the Afrikaans magazine program Pasella on SABC2 and the Swati youth demonstrate Seskohona on SABC1.

In 2001, Basetsane joined Gauteng Travel Academy as a chief.



In 2016, she was visitor judge in the last Miss South Africa 2016 magnificence show, scene in the Carnival City’s Big Top Arena, Gauteng, South Africa. Transmitted by TV stations M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

Kumalo is the President of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa. In 2008, Kumalo turned into another Tawana investor through an exchange with her venture organization Pro Direct 189. She additionally sits on the sheets of Unipalm Investment Holdings Vhangana Energy Resources, Tactic Group Limited, SME Financial Holdings Limited, Morongwa Investment Holdings, Seven Falls, Q2 Petroleum and PHAB Holdings.

In 2000, Kumalo propelled her very own dress range under the name Stature Ladies wear by Bassie, circulated by Ackerman’s retail chains crosswise over 240 outlets all through Sub-Saharan Africa. She has since suspended the range.

In 2002, under the Bassie mark, Kumalo propelled an eyewear run, conveyed through Torga Optical (60 stores countrywide). She pursued this by propelling the Bassie Red beautifying agents textrange into 100 Foschini stores across the nation, pursued with the Bassie Gold range in 2006.

Kumalo and her husband Romeo have 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.

In 2007, former first lady Graça Machel, a champion of the Each One Reach Five campaign, nominated Kumalo to be one of her five volunteers to take a public HIV test. She has also raised money for Baragwanath Children’s Hospital with Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe. Kumalo 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.

In 2004, Kumalo was casted a ballot 74th on the rundown of 100 Greatest South Africans in 2004, the main Miss South Africa in the rundown. In 2006, Cape Town Fashion Festival gave Kumalo the Fashion Icon Award. Femina Magazine named her as one of the main 10 most glitzy ladies in South Africa. In 2002 and 2003, she was cast a ballot by the Sunday Times and Elle Magazine in the TV Style Awards as the most sleek female magazine/diversion demonstrate have. In 1994, she got a privileged grant for Overseas Studies from Nelson Mandela.


Kumalo is additionally the beneficiary of the Annual Rapport/City Press Prestige Awards.

In 2004, Kumalo added to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which centers around the new substance of authority in the nation. Kumalo includes on Recipes from the Heart with 36 of South Africa’s most-cherished big names.

She is the supervisor everywhere of the Top Billing magazine. Amid her rule, Kumalo was Beauty Editor for DRUM magazine.

Kumalo had a stretch on Metro FM when she facilitated the Breakfast appear on 10 August 2006. Following three hours behind the receiver, she said she was petrified.

Her introduction was additionally upgraded when she was been the substance of Revlon Realistic Hair Care go for both Sub-Saharan Africa and the worldwide market. She was a Revlon representative for more than five years. Kumalo quickly embraced the BriteSmile system by showing up on their site.

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