Hulisani Ravele (born on January 23rd, 1988; Age: 35 years old) is a famous radio and TV personality who rose to prominence as a child presenter on YOTV’s Wildroom Show. She is not yet married but is reportedly dating Kevin Costner.
Kickstarting her career at the age of nine in 1997, Hulisani Ravele is one of the most popular media personalities in South Africa. Throughout her career, which has spanned over two decades and a half, she has hosted several shows on both radio and TV. Since 2019, she has been serving as the host of the 94.7 Weekend Breakfast Show and previously hosted Saturday Flex on Capricorn FM.
What is Hulisani Ravele’s Age?
Hulisani Ravele is 35 years old. In Tshiawelo, Soweto, Gauteng Province, she was born on January 23rd, 1988. Hulisani celebrated her 34th birthday in style at the Views Boutique Hotel & Spa in January 2022. Though still quite young, she is considered one of the veteran broadcasters in Mzansi.
Who are Hulisani Ravele’s Family Members?
Hulisani Ravele was born into a TshiVenda family. She was raised by her parents in Soweto along with her two older siblings; a brother and a sister. The bubbly radio presenter cites her mother as her role model, mainly because of her humility, hardworking, and perseverance ethos.
Sadly, in 2014, she lost her father, whom she nicknamed Bra Chicks. He always worked under a car and lost his life after one of the cars he was working on fell on him, as the jack he used to uplift it lost balance. The love that Hulisani Ravele’s father had for what he was doing is what inspired the media figure to always pursue her dreams.
Hulisani Ravele’s Academic Qualifications
Hulisani Ravele completed her secondary school education in Johannesburg. She afterward enrolled at the University of Johannesburg, where she bagged a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management in the year 2008. Later in March 2017, she achieved an Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA, The School for the Creative Economy.
What Does Hulisani Ravele Do?
Hulisani Ravele is a radio and TV presenter, voice-over artist, actress, brand ambassador, and businesswoman. As a kid, she fell in love with drama and stage work. Thus, she began participating in school plays in grade 4. She was so fascinated by the thought of being on TV, such that her aunt had to help her actualize her dream by providing essential details needed for auditions.
At the Age of 9, Hulisani Ravele Debuted on TV
Hulisani Ravele landed her first TV role as Sabrina in an SABC1 kiddies show titled Pula & Friends at the age of 9 in 1997. Three years later, she joined YOTV as one of the channel’s extraordinary child presenters. Between 2000 and 2008, she hosted a variety of shows on the SABC1 daily youth programming block and became a child star.
The media personality left YOTV in 2008 and shortly after landed corporate work at SABC1, serving as a trainee publicist and marketing assistant. Later in 2009, she presented a 13-episode game show, Quiz Me, on SABC1. Two years later, she took up the role of Vodacom Millionaires host. Hulisani Ravele further hosted a daily talk show titled I Am South African in 2014.
On the show, she interviewed nominees for the inaugural ANN7 South African of The Year Awards. Then in 2016, together with Maps Maponyane, she returned as the host of the third season of I Am South African. Meanwhile, in the year 2015, at the age of 27, Hulisani Ravele embarked on a journey to inspire and make positive impacts in the lives of South Africans by launching her own talk show―The Hulisani Ravele Show.
Later in early 2021, Ravele expressed her desire to host the 15th edition of the SAFTA Award. And shortly after, Mzansi rallied behind her to campaign for her to host the award show by initiating the hashtag: #HulisaniMustHostSafta15. Though she was presented with the opportunity to host the award show, things didn’t work out between her and the SAFTA15 organizers. As an actress, Hulisani scored the role of Thandi in the third season of City Ses’sla.
Hulisani Ravele Started Her Radio Career in 2008 at the Age of 20
Soon after leaving YOTV in 2008, Hulisani Ravele joined 5FM and did gig guide for DJ Euphonik‘s Sunday night show called My House. After years of working as a contributor on other shows, she hosted her first solo radio show, Saturday Mid-Morning Show on UJFM in 2013. Hulisani joined Capricorn FM, owned by the MSG Afrika group, in 2017.
She hosted The Saturday Flex on Saturdays from 2 PM – 6 PM. And in the following year, she bagged the role of a stand-in host at Capricorn’s sister station, POWER 987 FM. She first got introduced to talk radio when she was invited to be part of the 2018 POWER FM Women’s Month takeover.
After over 20 years in media, Hulisani Ravele landed one of her major career milestones in the year 2019. She got recruited by one of SA’s biggest commercial radio stations – 94.7 FM as a breakfast show presenter. For more than three years now, she has been serving as the host of 947 Weekend Breakfast with Hulisani Ravele on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 AM – 10 AM.
Additionally, in January 2023, the gorgeous broadcaster joined 702 – one of biggest talk radio stations in South Africa. Amazingly, she has had voice-over roles in the past years. She was featured on V-Entertainment as a voice-over artist for six seasons.
List of Hulisani Ravele’s TV Shows
- Quiz Me
- Vodacom Millionaires
- YOTV Big Breakfast
- YOTV Wildroom
- 10 Over 10
- City Ses’la
Hulisani Ravele’s Business Activities
In addition to Hulisani Ravele cementing her name in the media space, she is gradually making a mark in the business world. The 35-year-old owns a production company called Tshimbiluni Productions, which produces her talk show, The Hulisani Ravele Show.
In 2018, she reportedly partnered with Mpho Sedibe to launch a unisex boutique known as Studio Moma. Furthermore, she collaborated with Pdesigns, owned by Phophi Mudau, to create a collection of clothes and bags called The Moufhe.
As a broadcaster, Hulisani Ravele has found purpose in her work. Thus, she uses her power on screen and behind the mic to positively impact others, and this has made her an ideal candidate for brand endorsement deals. Over the last few years, she has been espousing the three pillars by which she lives: purpose, power, and impact through her paid partnerships.
She has been associated with Castle Milk Stout and Dove as a brand ambassador. More so, she has endorsement deals with other brands, such as Trenton and Oribi Gorge.
Is Hulisani Ravele Married?
No, Hulisani Ravele is not yet married. However, she is said to be dating Kevin Costner. After keeping her relationship status secret for a while, the 94.7 presenters hinted that she had been in a loving relationship when she posted a picture of her man on Instagram on his birthday in May 2022 and captioned it, ‘Happy Birthday Kevin Costner. I Love You Forever’.
Who is Hulisani Ravele’s Boyfriend?
Hulisani Ravele’s boyfriend is Kevin Costner. However, very little is known about her man except his name, as she has kept her love life private. Before meeting Kevin, Ravele was in a long-term relationship with fellow YOTV child presenter Sipho “Psyfo” Ngwenya. The two began dating in 2006 but unfortunately broke up in 2017 after over 10 years of dating.
When asked the reason for their break up, the 35-year-old broadcaster told MacG on Podcast and Chill that life happened, and they just grew apart, but it was not because anyone cheated. Even though she was pressured by her family members to give Psyfo another chance, Hulisani decided to move on with her life.
Sipho Ngwenya, on the other hand, has moved on too. He got married to his girlfriend of three years, Aamirah, in November 2020.