Bonang Matheba

Bonang Matheba is a South African television personality and Radio DJ who came to prominence as co-host of SABC 1’s music show Live (now Live Amp) form 2007 to 2012 with Tbo Touch. She has since gone on to become a Top Billing and she also co-hosts SABC 3’s Afternoon Express with Bonnie Mbuli, Danilo Acquisto and Jeannie D.

Born Bonang Matheba
June 25, 1987
Mahikeng
North West
South Africa
Also Known As Queen B*
Education Fourways High
UJ
Occupation TV Personality
Radio DJ
Businesswoman
Since 2002 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website bonangmatheba

Bonang Matheba was born in Mahikeng in the North West province of South Africa to Charlotte Mokoena, Corporate Head of Human Resources at a major agribusiness company and Gampi Matheba, a university professor.Charlotte and Gampi later divorced and she married Joe Mokoena and had a son, Thabo Mokoena, Bonang’s half brother.

The family including Bonang’s older sister, Nthabiseng, made Johannesburg their home and they lived in the suburb of Leondale, east of Johannesburg and later moved to the upscale gated community of Dainfern in Midrand where Bonang attended Fourways High School, a prestigious government co-ed school and after high school she enrolled on a Marketing course at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

She started her television career in 2002 at the age of 15 as a presenter on a show called Manhattan’s Fantasy Challenge. which aired on SABC 2.

It would not be until year 2007 that Bonang Matheba announced her arrival when she became host of SABC 1’s Live.

Live was preceded by One, a similar show in every respect, hosted by now SABC Sport presenter Andile Ncube along with Bianca Le Grange, Claire Mawisa, Phuti Khomo and Ntombi Ngcobo Mzolo.

When Live succeeded One, Andile Ncube was brought along and was joined by Metro FM’s Tbo Touch and then newcomer Bonang Matheba.

Shortly after joining Live, Bonang became an overnight sensation and one of the most sought after television personalities in South Africa.

In 2008, she was the co-host of the 9th Annual Metro FM Awards alongside her Live host, Tbo Touch.

In that year, Andile Ncube left Live, Bonang and Tbo Touch were joined by Phila Mazibuko.

In 2010, she hosted The 16th Annual South African Music Awards with Trevor Noah, Siyabonga Ngwekazi and Sizwe Dhlomo.

That year, Sizwe Dhlomo had joined the fray on Live along with newcomer Minnie Dlamini.

In 2011, she was part of the celebrities that were contestants in the 3rs season of Tropika Island of Treasure that took place in Thailand.

And also hosted the 17th Annual South African Music Awards Phat Joe.

In 2012, Bonang left the show that had served as vehicle to her wild reaching fame, making way for Pearl Thusi, Luthando Shosha and DJ Warras.

That same year she hosted the 9th season of Channel O Music Video Awards.

She was also confirmed as the new presenter of SABC 3’s long running lifestyle show, Top Billing. The first episode of Top Billing that aired after the announcement is said to have been by 100 00 more people than the previous one, upon her debut, a further 100 000 tuned in.

This proving that Bonang is South Africa’s most sought after entertainer.

In 2013, though already public knowledge, she joined Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs. She had a guest appearance role as Seipati on SABC 1’s hit drama Intersexions.

In 2014 she was the Red Carpet host at the 8th Annual South African Film and Television Awards and later served as a judge on Miss South Africa.

Bonang has also appeared as a guest on talk shows like Glambition with Jo-Ann Strauss, a short lived e.tv show hosted by former Miss South Africa and Top Billing host.

The Close Up Season 3; another e.tv show, a series of interviews with celebrities conducted by The Showbiz Report’s Nicky Greenwall, each interview lasting an entire episode.

She was a subject of an episode of Zaziwa, a SABC 1 hit show hosted by Pearl Modiadie.

In 2014 Bonang Matheba joined Thato as the co-host of Metro FM’s The Front Row which airs from Monday to Friday at 09:00am to 12:00midday.

She abruptly went off air and later released a statement saying she had departed after disagreeing with the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) blanket terms.

The SABC disputed the claims saying she had her contract terminated for signing a contract with the SABC’s rival channel, SuperSport, without consulting the SABC.

In August 2014 Bonang Matheba returned to Metro FM, the SABC claimed that she had apologized and they accepted he apology.

Glamour Magazine Cover Controversy

On Monday November 17, 2014 Bonang Matheba took to Instagram to announce that she would be on the cover of the December 2014 issue of the Glamour South Africa Magazine.

Bonang Matheba on the cover of Glamour Magazine“bonang_m Proud to announce!!! 1st black star on the cover of Glamour South Africa!! December 2014 issue goes on sale TODAY!! Hair by @saadique.. Photographed by Steve Tanchel #BreakingTheRules” She wrote on her Instagram account.

As with all things involving “Race”, “Media” and “Celebrities” the news were met with varied reactions.

Bonang Matheba was particularly displeased with a blogger named Phil Mphela who was quoted saying: “I actually found it insulting to black talent that everyone thought this was some history making milestone. Ya’ll know I am team Bonang all the way. However, my love and respect for the industry comes first and this racist exploitation of black faces in the magazine industry is abhorrent.

“Black magazines do not pay black celebrities for covers. White magazines only use people like Bonang on their covers when they need publicity…You are all just puppets including people like Bonang who have essentially become “rent a black” talent”.

Bonang Matheba took to twitter to express her displeasure “@PhilMphela so many people have expressed their disappointment with Glamour, but none of them have called me names. O tla nyela [you will sh*t]  doll face”.

“I will not allow you to diss black people, including myself, when we already have to work f***** hard”

 Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Presenter Search on 3 Herself Judge
2014 South African Film and Television Awards Herself Red Carpet Host, Award Show
2014 Miss South Africa 57 Herself Judge, Beauty Pageant
2013 Intersexions Seipati Guest Appearance TV Drama
2013 -to date
Clash of the Choirs SA
Herself Host, Singing Competition
2012 MTV Base VJ Search Herself Judge
2012 – to date Top Billing Herself Presenter, Lifestyle Show
2012 Channel O Music Video Awards 9 Herself Host, Awards Show
2011 South African Music Awards 17 Herself Host, Awards Show
2011 Tropika Island of Treasure 3: Thailand Herself Celebrity Contestant
2010 South African Music Awards 16 Herself Host, Awards Show
2008 Metro FM Music Awards 9 Herself Host, Awards Show
2007 – 2012 Live Herself Host, Music Show
2015 – to date Afternoon Express Herself Co-host

Personal Life

Bonang Matheba was in a relationship with Slikour (Siyabonga Metane) of Skwatta Kamp fame before her fame, the relationship endured as she began to soar to prominence during the days of Live. The relationship later ended.

Bonang Matheba and DJ EuphonikBonang Matheba has been in a relations with DJ Euphonik (Themba Nkosi) since 2011, it has been reported on several occasions. The relationship has been a subject of media scrutiny with the reports and allegations of domestic violence, break-ups and make-ups and infidelity on DJ Euphonik’s part.

In 2012 Bonang Matheba laid charges against DJ Euphonik after she alleged that DJ Euphonik had assaulted her. The case was later dropped amid reports that the two had resolved their differences and begun seeing each other again.

There has been other reports claiming that during the course of their relationship DJ Euphonik has fathered a child with another woman.

There were also reports alleging that he (DJ Euphonik) was in a sexual relationship with South African actress and singer  Chomee, to which DJ Euphonik responded “If I f*****d Chomee, so what? I’m not married and she is not either. I’m allowed to f*** any woman I want to because I’m not married. If I was on the front page of the papers for hitting someone, why is it a big deal to be on the front page again for f******g another man’s chick?  Tell me of any man in this country who doesn’t want to f*** Chomee,” as quoted by the Sunday World.

In August 2014 in an article titled “Bonang can’t get enough of her superman” Times Live reported that Bonang Matheba and DJ Euphonik remain in a relationship.

It is understood that Bonang Matheba is in a relationship with Nigerian musician, D’banj. The pair attended the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards together on July 18, 2015 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Later that evening the pair shared a kiss which was widely reported as the confirmation they were in a relationship.

Poppy Ntshongwana Controversy

In late 2013 it was reported that Bonang Matheba and Poppy Ntshongwana were embroiled in a physical fight during the Fresh Drive trip to the party in the Island of Ibiza. It was reported that the fight was sparked by a series of events spanning from Bonang Matheba’s alleged jealousy of Poppy Ntshongwana and Euphonik’s friendship.

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