Palesa studied journalism at Tshwane University of Technology. While studying she was a journalism cadet at the Witbank News. She interned at the Citizen Newspaper in 2011, she worked as a sub-editor at the Citizen Newspaper (2011-2013). She left and went to intern at the Wits Justice Project (2013-2014) and Clickmaths as a Zulu maths translator. Worked at eNCA (2014) as a junior online writer, she spent the rest of 2014 in hospital recovering after a cycling accident that has left her paralyzed. Once out of hospital she worked for Global Girl Media as a journalism tutor, while working for Wits Vuvuzela as a Sesotho tutor (2015). She is currently a freelance journalist and a Para-cyclist.