For over 16 years now, Carol Tshabalala (aka The First Lady of Sports) has been making unimaginable waves as a sportscaster. After beginning her career in her teen years, the 40 years old sports journalist has emerged as a household name, not only in South Africa but in the international scene as well. She has attained widespread fame by additionally working as a freelance reporter, voice-over artist, master of ceremonies, and motivational speaker.
Having made incredible career achievements, Carol Tshabalala now inspires young women who dream of making exploits in the sports journalism arena, which is mostly dominated by their male counterparts. Throughout her long-spanning career, the proficient sports broadcaster has worked for many TV stations and radio stations, such as South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Kaya FM 95.9, and Supersport TV.
Carol Tshabalala Was Born in Soweto 40 Years Ago
The multi-talented sports broadcaster made her arrival into the world at Pimville in Soweto, South Africa. She also was raised by her parents in Pimville. However, details of her childhood experiences are yet to be made public. Carol Tshabalala’s birthdate is August 11th, 1981. Hence, she is currently 40 years old. Judging by her age, Simply Carol has achieved great milestones with her blossoming journalism career.
It is a known fact that Carol Tshabalala was raised by her parents; nevertheless, the gorgeous sportscaster has not yet revealed the identities of her parents and equally what they do for a living. Also, with Carol keeping her personal life secret, it’s still uncertain how many siblings she has. Sadly, she lost her sister sometime in the past and then moved on to adopt her son named Mpho as her child.
— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) November 6, 2021
Over the years, people have wondered whether Carol Tshabalala is related to South African footballer Siphiwe Tshabalala as the two have been spotted together on multiple occasions. However, Carol and Siphiwe are not blood-related, but they are good friends.
Carol Tshabalala attended Krugersdorp High School. She completed her high school education in mid-2000 when she was 18 years old. Afterward, she decided to pursue a career in the journalism field and didn’t bother to continue with her education. At the moment, it’s still uncertain whether she later furthered her education by attending a tertiary institution or she learned on the job.
She Began Her Journalism Career at SABC When She was 19
After graduation from Krugersdorp High School, Simply Carol joined South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in November 2000, when she was 19. There, she began working as a TV show host and eventually had ten years and five months stint at the station. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, she co-hosted the SABC magazine show as part of the channel’s World Cup coverage alongside famed South African comedian Trevor Noah.
She then left SABC in March 2011 and was reported to have left due to the TV station not using her to her full capacity as she only had a minor role during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, while working at SABC, Tshabalala worked as a freelance journalist in multiple radio and TV stations.
At 29, She Emerged As The First African Female to Host Ballon d’Or
At the age of 23, she became a member of the staff of Kaya FM 95.9 in April 2005 and served as a sports news reporter. She spent two years and two months at the radio station before leaving to join another radio station, Radio 2000, in 2008 at the age of 26. From April 2008 to May 2013, Carol Tshabalala served as a drive-time sport show host at the radio station. She resigned from her role at Radio 2000 to focus on her current work at SuperSport TV in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Carol was hired by SuperSport in June 2011 when she was aged 29. Meanwhile, before she departed from SABC, she first stepped into the global stage by serving as the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or host, which took place in Zürich, Switzerland, on January 10th, 2011. As a result, Carol Tshabalala emerged as the first African female sportscaster to host the grand event.
She was Hired By Barclays Premier League Productions in 2016 at Age 34
— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) November 1, 2021
Since joining SuperSport TV in 2011, Carol has been working as a sports show anchor, voice-over artist, and producer on the TV channel. She has spent more than ten years at SuperSport and is currently being associated with the TV station. In January 2017, she was one of the hosts of the SuperSports 10th Anniversary Show.
While her roles at SuperSport brought her into the limelight, Carol Tshabalala became more popular in the international scene following her recruitment by Barclays Premier League Productions (IMG Productions) in June 2016, at the age of 34. There, she works as a live studio anchor of English Premier League games. She has also hosted some popular Premier League shows like Fanzone and Football Today.
She is reportedly the only African-based anchor working at Barclays Premier League Productions and one of only a handful of their female presenters. In 2018, Carol Tshabalala took part in the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. She served as the presenter of a live show about the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Throughout her career, she has covered many sports events besides the FIFA World Cup games. They include Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Paralympic Games, and BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis tournaments.
Carol Tshabalala Has Accumulated a Net Worth of $1 Milion
Eminent sportscaster Carol Tshabalala reportedly has an estimated net worth of $1 million (R15.31 million). She is presently said to be earning an annual salary of $100,000 (R1.53 million). The First Lady of Sports has amassed her total wealth from working as a sports broadcaster, master of ceremonies, and motivational speaker. In addition to covering multiple sports games, she has further increased her earnings by working as the host of events such as FIFA Ballon d’Or, World Cup draws, and FIFA Congress.
It is still unknown how much Carol Tshabalala earned while working at SABC and her freelance roles at Kaya FM 95.9 and Radio 2000. However, she is said to be pocketing about $100,000 (R1.53 million) per year from her diverse roles at SuperSport TV and Barclays Premier League Productions (IMG Productions), which has helped her build her huge net worth.
Highlights of Her Career Achievements and Awards
Thank you #SoccerAfrica for this lovely token of appreciation. 20 fantastic years and it’s been such an honour to be part of the history of the number 1 show in Africa 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾💫 @SuperSportTV pic.twitter.com/C6LBKEJRUC
— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) May 15, 2021
- The first female presenter of a major TV sports show, 2002.
- The First and only African female sportscaster to host FIFA Ballon d’Or.
- The only African-based presenter at Barclays Premier League Productions (IMG Productions).
- Soccer Africa 20th Anniversary Award, 2021.