Meet SA's first lady of sports: Carol Tshabalala slaying a man's game

Meet SA's first lady of sports: Carol Tshabalala slaying a man's game

Carol Tshabalala survived being a woman in a man’s game and she could be regarded as South Africa’s first lady of sports.

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So, just how did she become the most prominent woman in the world of sports? decided to take a quick look at her life and career.

Tshabalala was born in Pimville, Soweto in South Africa, but she went on to graduate from Krugersdorp High School in 2000.

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She started her career out as a voice-over actor but later transitioned into a sport presenter.

In 2011 when she left SABC Sport to join SuperSport, which she also used as a second chance to renew her career with her maiden name- Tshabalala.

Tshabalala got divorced in December 2006 after a six-year marriage to her first love. She had two sons with her now ex-husband, whom she said emotionally and physically abused her.

Tshabalala left SABC after a decade because they did not realise her full potential.

“The channel gave me an opportunity, I grew my career within it and that’s something I’ll always be grateful for. However, when the 2010 World Cup arrived, I thought there would be an opportunity for me to really shine. But I didn’t. I remember Walter Mokoena and Tshepo Mabona were given chances to anchor, which I didn’t have a problem with. It bothered me that the channel didn’t have enough confidence in me to consider me for such a momentous event. I wasn’t used to my full potential at the SABC and that’s why I left.”

She made a name for herself in an industry dominated by men, and she admitted it was not an easy task.

“When I started in sports, I looked at my male counterparts and thought, why can’t women do this? Being one of the first few female sports anchors in the world motivated me to start a trend and break the mould.”, Tsabalala said.

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