Mzansi Profiles! Local Thando Thabethe Biography| Real Name, Age, Family, Education, Career, Engagement

Thando Thabethe Biography| Real Name, Age, Family, Education, Career, Engagement

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Thando Thabethe Biography| Real Name, Age, Family, Education, Career, Engagement, Past Relationships 

Thando Thabethe is a multi-talented South African actress, radio DJ, television host, and entrepreneur. She is considered one of the most influential and inspirational young women in South Africa, having won numerous awards for her work and dedication to various social causes.

Here is a look at Thando Thabethe’s biography.

Real Name 

Thando Thabethe


Thando Thabethe was born on the 18th of June, 1990. As of 2023, she is 33 years old.


Thando Thabethe was raised in Johannesburg alongside her siblings, Sanele and Sibusiso Thabethe. Sadly, her father, a businessman, took his own life when she was just 13 years old. Furthermore, in 2015, her brother Sibusiso was fatally shot during a robbery, causing Thando to suffer another painful loss in her family.

Throughout Thando Thabethe’s family ordeals, her mother has remained by her side, serving as her unwavering source of support and strength. Thando has often spoken about how her mother has been a pillar of strength for her.


Thando Thabethe attended Mondeor High School, where she completed her high school education. She enrolled at the University of Johannesburg, where she pursued a Bcom Accounting degree. In 2011, she successfully graduated from the institution.

Thando Thabethe biography

Thando Thabethe (Image Credit:Instagram@thando_thabethe)


From a young age, Thando Thabethe showed an interest in the arts and began pursuing her passion at 13 by participating in theatre productions. A year later, at the age of 14, Thando made her television debut, kickstarting her journey to stardom in the acting industry.

In 2010, Thando’s breakthrough came when she was cast as Thando Nkosi in the SABC1 sitcom My Perfect Family, acting alongside accomplished performers like Lillian Dube and Baby Cele. Thando has also been featured in other TV shows, including Generations: The Legacy, Housekeepers, Intersexions, Kowethu, Mzansi Love, and Single Guyz.

Thando has also graced the big screen, starring in movies like ‘Mrs Right Guy’, where she acted alongside Dineo Moeketsi, and ‘Love Lives Here’, where she played the lead role in the 2019 romantic comedy. In 2020-2022 she played the lead role of Beauty Sello in a Netflix comedy series ‘How To Ruin Christmas.’

In addition to acting, Thando Thabethe has also made a name for herself as a TV presenter. In 2013, she co-hosted Club 808 and had her own talk show on TLC titled Thando Bares All. She has also presented at events such as the SAFTAs, SAMAs, and even the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) red carpet.

Thando Thabethe biography

Thando Thabethe’s acting career (Image Credit: Instagram @thando_thabethe)

Apart from acting and hosting, Thando Thabethe has made a name for herself as a renowned radio presenter. In 2014, she was a host on the Thabooty Drive show on 5FM.

Before her stint at 5FM, Thando began her radio career as a regular on UJFM, a community radio station located at the University of Johannesburg. She was later headhunted by YFM and MetroFM where she continued to showcase her talent. Currently, she is a radio host on 947 radio station.

Thando has also ventured into MCing and DJing, establishing herself as a successful personality in the entertainment industry.

In 2014, Thabethe was appointed as a Nivea brand ambassador, making her the first African brand ambassador for the German body-care brand.

In 2017, Thando Thabethe expanded her career portfolio by launching Thabooty’s Underwear & Shapewear, a business venture that has been flourishing ever since.

Thando Thabethe

Thando Thabethe (Image Credit: Instagram@thando_thabethe)

Thando recently bagged her own reality show. The reality show, dubbed Unstoppable Thabooty, premieres on the 15th of April 202, on BET Africa (DStv 129).

Through the show, Thando is also going to debut as an executive producer through Redwood Productions – a production company founded by her and her best friend, Tumi Maimela.


Thando Thabethe was once engaged to businessman/media strategist Frans Mashao.

Thando and Frans Mashao were in a committed relationship that had progressed to the point where they were nearly ready to tie the knot. Thando and Frans got engaged in 2017. Their engagement was a grand affair, and they seemed destined to spend the rest of their lives together.

Thando Thabethe engagement

Thando Thabethe engagement (Image Credit: Zalebs)

Unfortunately, their relationship took a drastic turn a few months after their engagement. According to Zalebs, Thando Thabethe made the difficult decision to call off the wedding in 2018.

The exact reason for Thando’s decision to call off her engagement remains a mystery. However, there are speculations that Frans may have been unfaithful to her, which could have contributed to her decision.

Past Relationships;

Thando Thabethe was once romantically involved with Jaji Abolore, a well-known Nigerian businessman who owns a popular nightclub in Sandton. However, their relationship ended, and Thando started a new romance with Lunga Shabalala.

In 2019, Thando and Lunga went public with their relationship. However, in 2020, they broke up amid rumours of infidelity. After the split, Thando reportedly rekindled her relationship with Jaji and even shared intimate moments with him on Instagram.

But, in 2021, Thando and Lunga reconciled and resumed their romance. Unfortunately, their reunion was short-lived as rumours started to circulate that they had broken up again. This was fueled by the couple’s decision to delete photos of each other from their social media accounts, which some interpreted as an attempt to erase any evidence of their past relationship.

At present, it is unclear who she is dating as there has been no public announcement or confirmation of a current romantic partner.

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