Basetsana Kumalo's otherworldly style

Basetsana Kumalo's otherworldly style

Oct 19, 2018, 03:47 PM

No one could have predicted the trajectory of Basetsana Kumalo's life when the revered businesswoman and TV moghul was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa at 16.
 
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When your friend is about to make history and present on the Performers Protection Amendment Bill, a bill which was passed in 1967 before we had television (1974) and the only ammendment that was made in 2002 was to accommodate musicians and not audio visual performers. The portfolio committee from Trade and Industry has proposed that this hearing takes place and @flomasebe is about to stand up for our unbelievably talented artists on television that royalties should also accrue to the talent and not only be paid a once off fee. Many of our performers pass on without much in their names and their families are left wanting regardless of the many times the productions they starred in have been re-broadcast on endless territories. Choma, as a television producer I am behind you all the way and behind all South African performers. The creative economy is a key contributor to our GDP, and it should not just be viewed as entertainment but a worthy business driven by the talent of our actors who have a right to live and thrive.

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Success was on the cards, that much was evident, but how much and for how long? 

The world was a very different place back then and there boundaries for Black people, but Black women especially, were plentiful and strict. 

In 1994, South Africa gained it's independence, and Bassie Kumalo won the Miss South Africa crown. 

From there on Basetsana grew into a jack of all trades and a master of all too, with an expansion into producing Top Billing under Tswelopele Productions, sitting on powerful executive boards, owning a clothing range, eyewear, cosmetic line as well as interests in property and mining. - Zalebs


As far as being #LifeGoals goes, she's definitely worth all the accolades and more.  But one thing we'd like to give her all the props for today is her fashion sense.   Bassie has impeccable style and whether she's dressed down or all the way up, she leaves us all in awe.



Festive season is around the corner and that means our moms, aunties and wives are gonna be attending all the weddings. We've taken it upon ourselves then, to share a few outfits Bassie looked absolutely stunning in. Take them to your tailors and let's pass this beautiful energy on. Pay it forward. 

Coco Chanel comes to mind.

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#AboutFriday at our Inaugural Basetsana Mentorship Conversations who’s genesis stems from all the incredible emails and requests on social media to mentor and share my own life experiences as an entrepreneur, wife, mother, sister, friend, employer and all that defines me and my essence. It is quite difficult to mentor one-on-one with limited time. In November last year, my team and I decided that for Youth month, we will host our very first Conversations and we plan to travel the engagement across the country. A mentor and mentee relationship is quite symbiotic, I have learnt so much from #DaughtersWeRaise and #SonsWeRaise over the last 25 years in the Arts, Commerce, Medical, Architecture, Media, Finance, Academia, Fashion, Legal fields, I am all the better for the exposure, knowledge sharing and the fun I have had with Children of my heart. They keep me current, trendy, teach me new lingo, dance moves and remind me to have some fun whilst I’m deep in the hustle. To spread the love, I’ve decided to host 30 at a time, and invite people that inspire me to share their life journeys. We had Ntate Jack Phalane, a legal eagle par excellence from a Limpopo village, graduated from Wits with a BA in 1999, LLB in 2001 and an LLM in 2002, admitted as an attorney in 2003. He has an MCom and an MBA. Dr Tshidi Gule @drgroughdiamond is a mentee of mine, journeyed with her when she was a 4th year student at Univ. of Natal, she relentlessly wrote to me for 3 years and I said okay, let’s just meet this young lady....and 11 years we are still in each other’s lives, working together, sit on the Board of her business, MediSpace Lifestyle Institute, she’s an author, medical doctor, my GP and my baby girl! To those who travelled across the country including Nomandla from KZN, who took a bus ride to get to Joburg, ngiyabonga Sisi. Let the Conversations continue..... #ConversationsWithBasetsana 📸 @sbu_kandee

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We're cowering at the sheer elegance.

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#AboutFriday at our Inaugural Basetsana Mentorship Conversations who’s genesis stems from all the incredible emails and requests on social media to mentor and share my own life experiences as an entrepreneur, wife, mother, sister, friend, employer and all that defines me and my essence. It is quite difficult to mentor one-on-one with limited time. In November last year, my team and I decided that for Youth month, we will host our very first Conversations and we plan to travel the engagement across the country. A mentor and mentee relationship is quite symbiotic, I have learnt so much from #DaughtersWeRaise and #SonsWeRaise over the last 25 years in the Arts, Commerce, Medical, Architecture, Media, Finance, Academia, Fashion, Legal fields, I am all the better for the exposure, knowledge sharing and the fun I have had with Children of my heart. They keep me current, trendy, teach me new lingo, dance moves and remind me to have some fun whilst I’m deep in the hustle. To spread the love, I’ve decided to host 30 at a time, and invite people that inspire me to share their life journeys. We had Ntate Jack Phalane, a legal eagle par excellence from a Limpopo village, graduated from Wits with a BA in 1999, LLB in 2001 and an LLM in 2002, admitted as an attorney in 2003. He has an MCom and an MBA. Dr Tshidi Gule @drgroughdiamond is a mentee of mine, journeyed with her when she was a 4th year student at Univ. of Natal, she relentlessly wrote to me for 3 years and I said okay, let’s just meet this young lady....and 11 years we are still in each other’s lives, working together, sit on the Board of her business, MediSpace Lifestyle Institute, she’s an author, medical doctor, my GP and my baby girl! To those who travelled across the country including Nomandla from KZN, who took a bus ride to get to Joburg, ngiyabonga Sisi. Let the Conversations continue..... #ConversationsWithBasetsana 📸 @sbu_kandee

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You know we HAD to add the post courtroom looks. This is what Victory looks like.

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Thank you for always believing the best of us and your unwavering support through the most vicious attack on our family. Some of you do not even know us personally, yet you have shown us tremendous love and support during this hurtful time. For that, we thank you. Below is the verdict against Jackie Phamotse, who made salacious, diabolical, outlandish and fictitious utterances about our family. FINAL PROTECTION ORDER: The respondent is prohibited by this court from; a) Engaging in or attempting in engaging in harrassment of the complainant b) Enlisting the help of another person to engage in harrassment of the complainant c) Making any malicious allegations on any Social Media Platform with regards to the complainant The court further imposes that the respondent remove all malicious allegations against the complainant from any Media Platform. This Protection Order is valid for an indefinite period. Should the respondent violate the above, a warrant of arrest will be issued resulting in a sentence of 5 years in jail. Thank you once again. Siyabulela, re a le boga, siyabonga. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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A Beauty Queen.

 
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As we step out to close off Women's Month to go and speak to the management and employees of Stangen on Change Management. Greek philosopher Heraclitus said "The only thing that is constant is change." At no other time in the history of humanity have we seen such rapid change and growth in businesses. Outside of this microcosm of business, we exist within the greater narrative of the 4th Industrial Revolution which has quite literally turned things and the way we do business upside down. Robin Sharma in his book The Leader Who Had No Title has two amazing insights on change: 1) Constant change means constant creativity - it provides an opportunity to innovate and make things better 2) Adversity Inspires - challenging experiences deepen us, make us more interesting, makes us richer and more colourful human beings. I hope you had a memorable August and this Women's Month, challenged and moved you to greater heights. As we push to the last quarter of the year, let's be invigorated, charged up and inspired to finish the year strong. You know you've this - right? #WomensMonth #Mbokodoness #Womandla 👗 @rubiconclothing

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