Carol Tshabalala is a freelance reporter, producer, voice actor, and sports broadcaster who is currently working for Premier League Productions and SuperSport International. She covers basketball, boxing, and football and is frequently referred to as South Africa’s “First Lady of Sport.” In 2011, she hosted the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich, becoming the first African host ever. In a field where men predominate, she has defied all expectations as a woman and a person of color to become the best.
She was born in Pimville, Soweto, South Africa, on August 11, 1981. Carol Tshabalala is currently forty-two years old. She celebrates her birthday every 11th of August.
At the age of 18, Tshabalala began her career as an apprentice on the SABC program Sports Buzz. Her career as a sports broadcaster with the SABC lasted from 2000 to 2011. She began working with SuperSport International in 2011 and Premier League Productions (IMG Productions) in the UK in 2016, where she was employed as a live studio anchor.
Carol Tshabalala began her radio career in 2005 as a sports news journalist at Kaya FM 94.9. She worked there until 2007. She began working as a drive-time sports show broadcaster for Radio 2000 in 2008 and remained there till 2013.
Tshabalala was chosen as a brand ambassador for HollywoodBets, a sports betting company, in February 2022. She currently serves as the host of SuperSport’s Extra Time program.
Carol Tshabalala completed her high school education at Krugersdorp in 2000.
At the age of 19, Carol married Solomon Manana, and the two of them shared a six-year marriage. They announced the dissolution of their union in 2006, while she was expecting Solomon, their second child. She claimed that she had felt stuck in her marriage for a very long time and that she needed to find a way out.
Carol Tshabalala’s marriage to her husband was not a happy one; it was abusive. She eventually filed for divorce, and they went their separate ways in 2006 after six years of physical and emotional violence.
Carol Tshabalala shares two sons, Joel (2002) and Solomon (2007), with her abusive husband, Solomon Manana, and she has their full custody. She adopted her late sister’s son, Joel, and raised him as her own.
Carol Tshabalala has been connected to other men after the breakdown of her first marriage. She briefly dated rapper Sbu Motloung. Following allegations of Sbu’s infidelity and the sports anchor’s relationship with a younger individual, the couple called it quits in 2015.
The sportscaster was rumored to be dating Senegalese football star Sadio Mane in 2020; Mane plays for Liverpool FC in England. Although Carol Tshabalala and Sadio Mane have been sighted together on multiple occasions, neither has acknowledged or refuted the dating rumours.
Current Relationship Status
Tshabalala posted a photo of herself wearing an engagement ring on Instagram in 2022 and commented on her fiancé’s excellent taste. The reputable broadcaster withheld the identity of the enigmatic man. Carol Tshabalala is officially off the market.
Six months after her mysterious fiancé’ asked her for hand her in marriage, Tshabalala took to social media to share pictures of what seemed like lobola negotiations. Tshabalala shared the snaps of her bridesmaids, her elders during the negotiations, and her beautiful traditional wedding cake.
Although the sports presenter has managed to hide her husband’s name, it appears that he may be a Zulu guy based on the caption she included on one of her photos.
Carol Tshabalala has a net worth estimated to be about $1 million. She ranks among the South African sports broadcasters with the highest salary. The monthly salary of Carol Tshabalala is approximately $100,000.