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“I Thank the Lord Who Has Carried Me Through the Years,” Basetsana Kumalo As She Turns 50

“I Thank the Lord Who Has Carried Me Through the Years,” Basetsana Kumalo As She Turns 50. It feels like just a couple of years back when Basetsana Kumalo was crowned Miss South Africa. The truth of the matter is that, it has been 30 years, and she has managed to stay one of the most iconic beauty queens in the country.

After her reign, Basetsana penetrated the entertainment industry and business world. She is now a TV mogul, entrepreneur and author among many other things. Today, she is celebrating her 50th birthday, and decided to look back at how her life has unfolded over the years.

On the 29th of March, 50 years ago, it was God ordained and anointed that I turn fifty on Good Friday.

I was born into the Makgalemele family to my dearly departed parents Ntate Phillip and Nomazizi Makgalemele, their third daughter after Aus’ Lerato and Maniko (Johanna) my younger brother who is the last born of the family Mojalefa was born two years after me,”
Bassie said.

She then added how being raised in a loving home with Christian values molded her. Bassie also got her entrepreneurial skills from her parents, who pushed side hustles to supplement their salaries.

I gleaned and learned to be an entrepreneur from my parents home. My frame of reference is seeing them work exceptionally hard to put food on the table, clothes on our backs, shoes on our feet and a roof over our heads. My father used to say “Baby girl, hard work has never killed anybody.”

The fundamental lessons I have learned from my parents have stood me in good stead throughout my life. I am the woman that I am today because of their tutelage and teachings
,” she added.

One of the most significant part of her life was winning Miss South Africa in 1994.

Throughout all these years I have experienced a love of a nation in the most beautiful way. The zeitgeist of winning Miss South Africa in 1994 and being part of the first democratic elections was a poignant moment for me. I couldn’t have scripted it myself even if I had tried.

Now Bassie is a wife and a mother, with a beautiful loving family. The joy they bring to her life, is immeasurable.

“On this Jubilee year, marking half a century, I thank the Lord who has carried me through the years. I am who I am because greater is He that is in me than the one that is in the world.

My deepest and profound gratitude to each and everyone of you who have loved and supported my Journey of Life. May goodness, mercy and kindness you have bestowed upon me be returned to you a hundred fold. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
,” Bassie ended her beautiful birthday tribute.

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