Pearl Thusi has revealed that she was originally a contender for the 2015 South African of The Year .
Ravele became BSA's first ever female chairperson in the organisation's 12-year history after she was appointed in an acting capacity by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday.
The well-travelled administrator's ascension to the highest seat in SA boxing could not have been better scripted as it came during Women's Month.
Ravele takes over the seat that was vacated by Ngconde Balfour, who quit early this month after insisting that he had achieved all the goals he set for himself after being appointed by Mbalula on September 2011.
The Limpopo-born Ravele - whose long list of achievements includes working as Premier Soccer League general marketing manager and as president of the Confederation of African Netball Association - was modest about the latest addition to her milestones yesterday.
''It is just the continuation of what we have been doing," she said. ''I want to pay tribute to the minister for showing faith in my abilities. This is not definitely about me, but a team that will make sure that boxing goes back to its glory days."
Ravele has always been a member of the board and was first appointed by Mbalula alongside Balfour, Peter Ngatane, Nonsansa Lebaka, Mandla Nhlanganiso, Dumile Mateza and Thabani Khumalo in 2011. Khumalo and Mateza resigned in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Her appointment comes at a time when the board is left with four members - herself, Ngatane, Lebaka and Nhlanganiso.
There had been a complaint from stakeholders that effectively, the board had three members as Lebaka had not come back since she reported sick a while ago.
Regarding the two vacant positions left by Khumalo and Mateza, Mbalula said stakeholders must nominate people they deem fit to serve on the board.