Recommended Price: R320.00
Published: September 2019
Basetsana Kumalo's book, "My Journey of Hope," offers readers an intimate and compelling glimpse into her life's trajectory, encapsulating her triumphs, trials, and the unwavering spirit that propels her forward. Through the pages of this memoir, she candidly shares her experiences, from her early days as Miss South Africa to her rise as a prominent media figure and entrepreneur. The book delves beyond the glossy façade, delving into personal challenges and the resilience that has defined her path. With a blend of vulnerability and strength, Basetsana narrates her journey, weaving together narratives of empowerment, determination, and the pursuit of dreams. "My Journey of Hope" not only offers inspiration but also underscores the importance of embracing one's journey, complete with its ups and downs, as a testament to the human spirit's ability to overcome and thrive.
After a successful career in television, Bassie’s drive and ambition took her into the world of business. The street savvy that her entrepreneurial mother gave her stood her in good stead as she built a media empire. When she married the handsome businessman Romeo Kumalo in a fairytale wedding, they became South Africa’s sweethearts and ‘it’ couple. Bassie – My Journey of Hope recounts the stories of Bassie’s life as a celebrity, including her relationships with mentors like Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Graça Machel. She also shares the secrets of her success and all the lessons she’s learnt along the way, and opens up about the pressures of her high-profile marriage to Romeo, their heartbreaking struggle to have a family, and how they made sure that their loving and respectful union has lasted two decades. Bassie also talks frankly about the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of boxer Dingaan Thobela and the legal battles she had to fight to protect her name and her brand over the years. She gives her account of the stalker who harassed her for decades, and the non-existent ‘sex tape’ allegation that rocked her family and career, leading to painful experiences of cyber-bullying. It is an intimate, inspiring and entertaining account of a remarkable life.