Basetsana – or Bassie as she is known informally – was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990 at the tender age of 16. Just four years later, she won the Miss South Africa pageant, and was also crowned First Princess in the Miss World Competition.
Bassie has used her beauty pageant career to springboard into entrepreneurship – first, as a presenter on Top Billing, then as editor of the Top Billing magazine.
In 1995, Bassie became a 50% partner in Tswelopele Productions, the company that produces Top Billing. In 1999 Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE, making her one of the youngest black women directors to be part of the mainstream of the South African economy. She’s now the executive chairperson of the Tswelopele Productions, Tswelopele Publishing and Tswelopele Group.
But that’s not all for this ultimate South African female celebrity entrepreneur. She is also the president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa and sits on the boards of numerous companies across a range of industries.
She’s been the face of Revlon, has an optical and sunglasses range distributed through SpecSavers and a clothing line, distributed through Ackermans.
Kumalo and her husband Romeo have launched the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which develops children, specifically those orphaned by AIDS and other related diseases. Kumalo is also a spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund in the bid to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus in the world.
(Slideshow) Nataniël: SA’s Singer/Songwriter & Kaalkop Entertainer
South Africa’s very own controversial celeb, Nataniël, has everyone eating at his table.
Nataniël le Roux
Since his solo career launch in 1987, the prolific Nataniël le Roux has released over 15 albums, published 14 books and staged over 60 original theatre shows.
Nataniël’s honesty in his Kaalkop columns in Sarie magazine over the past 10 years have caused the readers to see him in a new light. His new book Kaalkop 3 combines 54 of his articles from Sarie with new recipes to try out.
Kaalkop Studio, Nataniël’s lifestyle retail company, has recently expanded its beauty range to paper products made from recycled paper and sustainable sources. In addition to its luxurious beauty range, the outlet also sells necklaces, items for the kitchen and Kaalkop coffee.
Nataniël is also the manager of his own recording label, Nataniël House Of Music.
Child Welfare South Africa
Nataniël is not only one of SA’s leading performers, he is also a firm advocate of children’s rights. He has been working with Child Welfare South Africa as one of its high profile ambassadors, working tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for CWSA.
He has also started his own charity called The Nataniel Progress Project.
Die Nataniël Tafel
His show on kykNET!, Die Nataniël Tafel, keeps viewers riveted with witticisms and food fit for a king, stories full of flavour and food for special occasions. Nataniël’s passion for good food comes from a very young age.
Originally inspired by a grandmother with a true love for the kitchen, and later nurtured by his friendhips with several South African food personalities and favourite chefs, his cooking and entertainment skills are legendary.
And last but not least, who can forget Nataniël’s extremely funny advertisements for a retail chain with chef Gordon Ramsay?
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(Slideshow) Gordon Ramsay: Controversial but Successful
Love him or hate him, Gordon Ramsay is a world-class chef and his no-nonsense advice gets the message across every time.
Work with the best, to be the best
If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did.
What is your next cow?
I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.
Look at your passion
I still love football and I think cooking is like football. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. When you become good at it, it’s a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.
Game Over – Thanks for playing
The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.
Push yourself to the extreme
As a soccer player, I wanted an FA Cup winner’s medal. As an actor you want an Oscar. As a chef it’s three-Michelin’s stars, there’s no greater than that. So pushing yourself to the extreme creates a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement, and more importantly, it shows on the plate.
Stay on track
The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. You need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.
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(Slideshow) SA’s Power Couples
These are some impressive SA celebrity partnerships.
Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng
The renowned Jerry Mofokeng is a counsellor, actor and director. The South African legend has appeared in movies such as Cry, The Beloved Country, Mandela and De Klerk and Tsotsi. Jerry and his wife, Claudine, have been married for 33 years.
The Mofokengs are relationship counsellors who do presentations around the family institution to churches, business and social groups. Their seminars are also recorded on DVDs.
Heinz and Alette Winckler
Heinz Winckler is an English and Afrikaans pop singer who won the first season of Idols. He has spent time travelling and performing abroad, including acting and singing in on-stage musicals. Winckler was also a coach on the third season of Patricia Lewis’s hit show Supersterre.
His wife, Alette is an image consultant. As a public figure and speaker she also shares her knowledge with women’s groups, corporates, churches, finishing schools, and brides. She writes a blog on Sarie magazine’s website and is working on a style manual.
Lloyd and Janice Cele
Idols runner up Lloyd Cele travels the country performing at live events. He is married to Janice and they have two sons. In addition to being nominated for top accolades, Cele is kept busy, recording songs with top producers, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.
He is currently lending his name and face to charitable organisations such as Reach For A Dream and the Domestos Toilet campaign, which builds new toilets in schools across SA.
He is also working on his autobiography.
Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter
Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter are South Africa’s leading Eco-Warriors and one of SA’s most celebrated media power couples. Having made her start on television, Michelle has moved into producing and presenting programmes geared towards nature and wildlife – something she is incredibly passionate about.
Riaan is known to most South Africans as DIY guru, Die Nutsman. His love for the environment has led him to explore the idea of eco-friendly DIY projects.
Danny K and Lisa Gundelfinger
Danny K is a local RnB artist and humanitarian. He is married to former swimsuit model turned advocate, Lisa Gundelfinger. Danny joined forces with Kabelo Mabalane to form SHOUT, a non-profit, anti-crime initiative which partnered with Crime Line to encourage South Africans to take a stand against crime.
In addition to touring and performing with international acts that include Craig David, U2, Beyonce and P Diddy, Danny K has also written and produced songs for the likes of Jamali, TK and Mandoza. He is also been writing a book which is coming out very soon.
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