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Baby Bassie's on it's way

2012-02-12 10:11:26.0 | MIKE MAGWAZA |

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

EXPECTING AGAIN: Basetsana Kumalo. Picture by Thembinkosi Dwayisa

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.

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