Sunday World - - Hot News - MIKE MAG­WAZA

THE hith­erto se­cret preg­nancy of phi­lan­thropist, role model and top busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo can no longer be hid­den.

Sub­tle but sug­ges­tively bulging changes to the beau­ti­ful for­mer TV pre­sen­ter ’ s usu­ally im­mac­u­late fig­ure were spot­ted at re­cent events, in­clud­ing the launch of the ANC ’ s Lilies Farm branch in Midrand last month.

Bassie, as the for­mer Miss SA and run­ner up in a Miss World beauty pageant is af­fec­tion­ately called, owns her own com­pany, Baset­sana Woman In­vest­ment Hold­ings, of which she acts as CEO.

News of her preg­nancy is bound to hit cele­bville like a whirl­wind as she ’ s a role model for many girls and young women.

A close con­fi­dante, who asked not to be named, tells Sun­day

World : “It ’ s true. She ’ s ex­pect­ing, but Bassie doesn ’ t want to speak about it, es­pe­cially to the me­dia.”

Hav­ing given so much in ma­te­rial wealth and spir­i­tual guid­ance to young women, her fol­low­ers be­lieve it ’ s about time she in turn re­ceived some­thing to cher­ish.

A dark cloud hung over her fam­ily in 2007, “two weeks af­ter she hosted Miss SA 2007/8. Bassie went into pre­ma­ture labour on De­cem­ber 19 in her 20th week of preg­nancy and mis­car­ried ”, says the home page of her of­fi­cial web­site.

Bassie, who is mar­ried to busi­ness exec Romeo Ku­malo, with whom she has a son, has been nom­i­nated by Fem­ina Mag­a­zine as one of the Top 10 most glam women.

Her ca­reer has been hugely suc­cess­ful and she has been the spokesper­son for Pam­pers UNICEF Tetanus cam­paign and a brand am­bas­sador for nu­mer­ous South African Cor­po­rates and blue chip com­pa­nies.

Bassie is also a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Tawana Re­sources, a di­a­mond min­ing com­pany.

She is the ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son of Tswelopele Pro­duc­tions and Tswelopele Pub­lish­ing, a TV pro­duc­tion com­pany.

By Thembinkosi Dwayisa Picture

EX­PECT­ING AGAIN: Baset­sana Khu­malo.

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