Ayanda Thabethe Biography: A Super Woman Wearing Many Hats

She is a multi-talented go-getter

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Ayanda Thabethe: South African actress
Ayanda Thabethe is one of South Africa's most influential media personalities. She always looks beautiful and has an incredible sense of style. Ayanda is a hard and smart working woman who has built a name for herself in this industry.  She is also a model, show host, entrepreneur, and actress.

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Ayanda has been the cover model of several magazines that showcase her beauty. She has also been featured in television advertisement for brand promotions. Every day, she inspires young South African women to explore their dreams and passions in life. 

Here's look at the life of Ayanda Thabethe.

Ayanda Thabethe Age

Thabethe was born in Kwa Zulu Natal Province. Her date of birth is 18th of March 1986. She is 35 years old.

Ayanda Thabethe Family

Ayanda's parents broke up when the actress was only two years old. She has four sisters and they were all raised by their mother. Her mother was a nurse but she supplemented her income by selling cold drinks and tailoring dresses. Ayanda has previously spoken about helping her mother with the business. 

There is nothing that she wouldn't do for her mother who has sacrificed so much in her life, just so that she could have it all. Ayanda and her family lived in several towns in Durban including, Ntuzuma, Shayamoya, Umlazi, and Kwa Mashu.

Among her four siblings, one is an engineer, while the other one is a qualified environmental health specialist. Lungi, her younger sister, is a graduate in politics. Although they share the last name, Ayanda Thabethe and Thando Thabethe are not related.

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Ayanda Thabethe Education

Ayanda and her sisters received a good education. She went to Sacred Heart Girls’ High School, an all-girls school, for her secondary school education. She then joined the University of Pretoria from where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Communication Management. In 2011, she received her Honours Marketing degree from the University of South Africa.

Ayanda is currently pursuing another qualification in education. She is undertaking Honours in Marketing at Henley Business School. Ayanda shared this good news in June 2021 on Instagram.

"My aim is to merge the worlds of digital disruption and traditional marketing methods in a quantifiable manner - I believe that this is where I’ll be able to add the most value in my future endeavours," she posted. 

The TV personality is definitely on a journey to improve herself academically and we wish her all the best. 

Ayanda Thabethe Career

Ayanda has always had a passion for modelling, but her short stature always hindered her from pursuing that career line. However, her 1.6 m height did not stop her at all.

Ayanda mainly worked with top organisations in SA like L'Oreal and Johnson and Johnson before she joined the entertainment industry.

Kutlwano Ditsele assisted her in joining Alushi Model Management owned by Shashi Naidoo where her modelling career began.

In 2016 Ayanda was featured as the face of the summer range by Legit Fashion. This position became the start of her career as show host and actress.

Other shows Ayanda has featured in include Generations The Legacy, Tooth and Nails, Zaziwa, Rockville, and Top Entertainment.

She has been hosting the show Top Billing on BET since 2017 and ended her time at the media station surrounded with controversies that she did not care to respond or talk about. She is currently the captain of the popular TV show Celebrity Game Night with Anele Mdoda on E! (DStv Channel 124).

Ayanda Thabethe On Magazine Covers

In addition to the many hats that she wears, Ayanda is also a successful entrepreneur. Buzzworthy Productions, a marketing agency, is Ayanda's business. She founded the firm in 2011 and currently holds the position of the founder and managing director. 

Also realising and acknowledging her contribution to the fashion world, 2019 saw her take the Glamour Magazine’s Most Glamorous award. 

Ayanda Thabethe Relationships

She was once married to television presenter, Andile Ncube, for a period of two years. Sadly, the marriage did not last as the two began having issue due to rumors of cheating and infidelity. during an interview with Fresh Breakfast she opened up about the marriage and how amicable the divorce was.

Ayanda then dated Zulu Mkhathini aka Dash, but the couple split late November 2018. Zulu is also a TV presenter and hold the cap of a musician and dancer. Unfortunately, no one said as to why they were going their separate ways, but Ayanda acknowledged that although she is single again, she will always think the world of Dash.

Ayanda found love again in the hands of wealthy businessman, Papi Rabolai.  Late last year, it was rumoured that the couple was engaged. Papi had got down on one knee during their bacae in Italy.

Their relationship did not last any longer and ended on sour terms. It seems the star left the corporate executive after he crossed one too many lines in their relationship and cheating was involved.

Ayanda and her ex Papi's relationship ended abruptly when it was revealed he already had a woman in his life and the parents were involved. Earlier in 2020, ZAlebs received information that Papi was in a serious relationship with local lifestyle blogger, Sibahle Magadlela.

Ayanda Thabethe Relationship With Bongani Khumalo

Ayanda has allegedly moved on to a soccer player by the name of Bongani Khumalo is the fourth man has officially been in a relationship with since she came into the public eye. Ayanda found herself in the arms of this famous man but it seems the relationship ended in tears.

Ayanda and Bongani were spotted together for a greater part of 2020. They attended the Style Awards 2020 as a duo,  which took place on November 23.

“The lovebirds are so madly in love and smitten with one another that they are serving us couple goals. They are very serious. He might pop the question anytime soon, and Ayanda is aware about that,” said the friend who asked not be named.

Too bad, Ayanda and Bongani broke up before the soccer player could pop the big question.

Ayanda recently posted on Twitter that she was scared  about choosing the right partner to settle down with.

She remembered that the hardest decision she ever made was choosing who to spend the rest of her life with but she got it wrong the first time. She hilariously added that she may just end up settling down with herself.

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Ayanda Thabethe Controversy

In 2019, Ayanda made headlines when she posted a pic on Twitter of herself attempting to recreate Beyonce's look for Halloween. Let's just say Ayanda nailed it, she did not miss a spot!

Whilst many praised Ayanda for this recreation, it was Sarah Langa, who actually took the whole thing out of context and she got dragged for it. Instead of saying something like 'One Queen to another' or 'Lion Queens' or even 'Made in Africa', Sarah had to go and say,  "Ayanda Thabethe is actually prettier than Beyonce". Tweeps went in on her and if there's one thing to know about the Beyhive it's to never upset the Queen because they will sting you bad.

Hopefully Sarah Langa learnt her lesson.

Ayanda has also found herself in the wrong side of tweeps when she tweeted an opinion that many people on Twitter did not take well. The tweet was posted at a time when South Africa was in turmoil with violence characterizing areas such as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. She posted the screenshoted Tweet below but later deleted it due to backlash from tweeps.
A deleted tweet that Ayande posted on Twitter

One of the responses to the controversial tweet Ayande posted criticized the celebrity about her words.

Ayanda Thabethe Fitness and Health

Besides her many achievements in her career, Ayanda still knows the right way to keep fit and healthy. She has even graced the Women's Health magazine cover cover at one point and the Fitlife Revolution issue.

Ayanda Sense Of Style

A glance through her Instagram page will leave many green with envy as she is always serving with body goals and her fashion in always on point. We have no choice, but to stan.

And let's just say, her outfits will definitely have you questioning your fashion sense. Here's a few times when Ayanda had many heads turning as she stepped out in her beauty and glamour.

Ayanda is definitely the set-pacer for all beautiful looks in fashion!

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