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South Africa's powerful female celebrities

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 2 of 24: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA  APRIL 23:  Former Miss South Africa, Basetsana Kumalo during the Mandela Day 2018 launch  a centenary celebration at the Constitution Hill on April 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation seeks to reflect on the legacy of Madiba by cementing a culture of volunteerism. (Photo by Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Basetsana Kumalo

Kumalo, who is popularly known as Bassie, is a TV personality, businesswoman and philanthropist. She began her career at the age of 16, when she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. She then went on to win Miss South Africa in 1994, becoming the first runner-up at the Miss World pageant that year.

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