Ayanda Thabethe Biography: New Bae, Age, Family, Education, Career, Boyfriend, Controversy, Fitness and Health - Updated 30th November 2020

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By  | Nov 30, 2020, 03:01 PM  | Ayanda Thabethe  | Top of The

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Ayanda Thabethe is one of South Africa's most influential media personalities who has done nothing, but has built a name for herself in this industry.



Ayanda is a model, show host, entrepreneur, and actress. Most people know her as the show host of Top Billing on BET and for her beauty which she has been displayed on the cover of magazines and in television advertisements. Every day, she inspires young South African women to explore their dreams and passions in life. 

Here'a look at the life of Ayanda Thabethe.

Ayanda Thabethe New Bae


Perhaps the fourth time time is a charm and it seems Ayanda has found herself in the arms of another famous man. Ayanda has allegedly moved on to a soccer player by the name of Bongani Khumalo.



Although the two have kept their relationship very private it seemed they had been dating for the greater part of 2020. They had already been spotted in public together and were also at the Style Awards 2020 which took place on November 23.

A friend close to the couple said, “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.

Ayanda has quiet an impressive list of exes in ZAlebville. She was once married to television presenter, Andile Ncube, for a period of two years. She then dated Zulu Mkhathini aka Dash, but the couple split late November 2018. Unfortunately, no one said as to why they were going their separate ways.



Ayanda and her ex Papi's relationship, who also dated Lerato Kganyago, 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 Age


Thabethe was born in Kwa Zulu Natal Province. Her date of birth is 18th of March 1986. She is 34 years old.



Ayanda Thabethe Family


When Ayanda was only two years old, her parents’ marriage broke up. She and her four sisters, therefore, were raised by their mother, who was working as a nurse. To support her mother in meeting the girls’ needs, Ayanda assisted in her mom's business of selling cold drinks and tailoring dresses. The family lived in various towns in Durban and these included Ntuzuma, Shayamoya, Umlazi, and Kwa Mashu.

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 has got four siblings. One of her sisters 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.

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 Thabethe Career


Ayanda has always had a passion for modelling, but her short stature always hindered her from pursuing that career line. That did not stop her at all. Before joining the entertainment industry, Ayanda dabbled a lot with the top organisations in SA like L'Oreal and Johnson and Johnson.

From there, Kutlwano Ditsele assisted her in joining Alushi Model Management and this is where her modelling journey began. The agency is owned by Shashi Naidoo.

This saw her career take off at a much faster rate and in 2016 she was even the face of the summer range by Legit Fashion. After her BET Africa’s lifestyle magazine show, Top Billing, Mzansi never forgot her.

This is how her career as a show host and actress kicked off. She had cameo roles in Generations The Legacy as Gugu and featured as a pregnant teen in Tooth and Nails. Ayanda has also appeared on shows like Zaziwa, Rockville, and Top Entertainment.




In her career, Ayanda has graced the covers of many magazine covers. Check these out.





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 and 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. 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.

It seems Ayanda has decided to go on a break, one we recently learnt of as well. She's on a social media vacay. No one knows what prompted the move, but if she needs a break from social media, then she rightfully deserves it. Take all the time you need gal!


Ayanda Thabethe Controversy


Late last year, 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 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.



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 question your fashion sense. Here's a few times when Ayanda had many heads turning as she stepped out in her beauty and glamour.







Keep looking good sis!


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