Abulele has been working as an environmental scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) since January 2014. She holds a Master of Science in Geography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (now Nelson Mandela University) in Port Elizabeth. Her undergraduate degree was a BSc in environmental science with Honors in Geographic Information Systems. She also completed a year of courses in the Sustainability Economics and Management Masters programmes at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.
Abulele has worked on the National Strategic Infrastructure Projects including the Phase 1 and Phase 2 National Wind & Solar PV Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA as well as the Square Kilometre Array SEA which were commissioned by the national Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Abulele is the current president of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) South Africa.