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Siyabonga Shibe Biography – Everything to Know About the Actor

Siyabonga Shibe

Siyabonga Shibe has been involved in the South African film business for over fifteen years, earning the hearts of local TV program audiences with his flawless acting talent. He developed an interest in acting as a youth, honing his skills by performing in community plays and later studied drama in college. Beginning his professional career in 2002, the outstanding actor has made significant contributions to the South African film industry by starring in films and television programs such as Scandal!, Red Cargo, and Uzalo. As a result, he has won a slew of awards, including the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Actor.

Siyabonga Shibe’s Profile Summary

  • Full Name: Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe
  • Nickname: SMS
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: February 23rd, 1978
  • Siyabonga Shibe’s Age: 43 years old
  • Nationality: South African
  • Education: Technikon Natal (now known as the Durban University of Technology)
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Siyabonga Shibe’s Children: 1 son; Yena Shibe
  • Siyabonga Shibe’s Net Worth: R1 million
  • Famous for: Gaz’lam, Scandal! and Uzalo
  • Siyabonga Shibe’s Instagram: @siyabonga_shibe
  • Twitter: @SMS_Shibe
  • Facebook: @Siyabonga Sms Shibe

Siyabonga Shibe Was Born in SA’s Fourth-Largest Township in 1978

The former Scandal! star comes from Umlazi, a township in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, southwest of Durban. He was born in his birthplace, the fourth-largest township in South Africa and the only one with its own registration plate. Siyabonga Shibe was born on February 23rd, 1978, in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a result, he is now 43 years old. The actor was reared by his parents in Umlazi, yet their names have remained hidden from the public eye. Shibe has yet to make his background facts public, so we don't know if he has any siblings or if he is his parents' only kid.

The Actor’s Educational Achievements


Siyabonga Shibe graduated from Ganges Secondary School with a basic education. He developed an interest in acting while he was there, and his tutors pushed him to pursue it as a career. As a result, he enrolled in Technikon Natal, a Durban-based college (now known as the Durban University of Technology). He studied drama there, and during his stay there, he formed the Amagugu theatre group with several of his classmates. He moved from Durban to the City of Gold in pursuit of greener pastures after finishing his studies at Technikon Natal in 1999.

The Rockville Star Began His Career With a TV Commercial Role

Siyabonga Shibe's journey to Johannesburg to pursue a professional acting career was not without its setbacks. Before earning his first acting role, he had to overcome numerous obstacles. When he was cast in a TV ad for HIV/AIDS awareness, luck finally smiled on him. Following that, his acting ability paved the path for him in the film industry, with many jobs knocking on his door. He first appeared in the feature film The Stripes of a Hero before landing the lead part of Sifiso in the SABC1 TV series Gaz'lam, which launched his career.

Gaz’lam Made Shibe Famous

Siyabonga Shibe appeared in 52 episodes of the drama series Gaz'lam from 2002 to 2005. He was nominated for a South African Film and Television Award for his performances. In 2003, he landed another prominent role, this time in the feature film James' Journey to Jerusalem, as the titular character. Renen Schorr produced the film, which tells the narrative of an African adolescent named James who goes on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem on behalf of his village.

Siyabonga got the Best Male Actor Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival for his remarkable performances in the film. As a result, he was cast in numerous roles, particularly in popular local television programs. The Wife actor featured roles in both feature films and television programs in the early 2000s, which helped him rise to prominence in the country. During this time, he appeared in films such as Human Cargo (2004), The Trail (2006), Wild at Heart (2006), Bentley (2006), A Place Called Home (2006), Bay of Plenty (2007), and Silent Witness (2008).

What are The Biggest Roles of Siyabonga Shibe’s Acting Career?

Shibe scored one of the most important roles of his career in 2010, playing Kila in the e.tv serial opera Scandal! From 2010 through 2014, he played a witty, cunning, and violent taxi driver on the soap opera. His character was a fan favorite on the program, and when he left the show in 2014, his fans were devastated. As a result, he took to social media to thank his followers for their unwavering support throughout his time on the show. Following his outstanding performance as Kila, the actor was awarded the Duku Duku Award for Best Actor in 2015.

He was also cast as Kgosi in another e.tv drama series, Ashes to Ashes, in the same year. His acting ability was recognized as well, with a nomination for Best Actor from the South African Film & Television Awards. Siyabonga Shibe's acting career took off in the 2010s, and he became a TV celebrity in 2017 when he joined the cast of Uzalo, South Africa's most-watched TV show, and moved from Johannesburg to Durban. In the series, he played the role of Qhabanga Mhlongo.

Shibe was a skilled actor who appeared in a variety of roles in the multi-award-winning series. He portrayed a detective, a slick operator gangster, a crooked preacher, a legitimate pastor, parent, and spouse. He departed the show in 2020, much to the delight of Uzalo fans, and it was claimed at the time that he had been fired, but he swiftly debunked the allegation. His departure from Uzalo broke the crowd. They are expecting he will return to the show after his on-screen wife, Gabisile (Baby Cele), just returned to Uzalo after leaving the show in 2020 with Shibe.

Following his nomination for Best Actor at the Simon Mabhunu Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards in 2021 for his part in Uzalo, the multi-award-winning actor said that he will not reprise his role as Qhabanga in the film. However, his depictions in the fifth season of the TV series Rockville, in which he plays the part of Kalashnikov, have kept his fans hooked to their television screens. Siyabonga Shibe also appeared in the TV series The Wife and portrayed the role of Mandla in the 2020 film Red Cargo.

Highlights of Shibe’s Acting Roles

  • Gaz’lam (as Sifiso)
  • Bay of Plenty (as Mandla Nyawose)
  • A Place Called Home (as Thami)
  • Ashes to Ashes (Kgosi)
  • Isidingo (as Detective Nelson Xaba)
  • Scandal! (as Kila)
  • Z’bondiwe (as Bheka Shabangu)
  • Home Affairs (as Zakes)
  • Mtunzini.com (as Waxy)
  • Wild at Heart (Thembu Khumalo)
  • Uzalo (as Qhabanga Khumalo)
  • Madiba (as Chief Jongintaba)
  • The Wife (as Gwaza Majola)
  • Stokvel (as Richard)
  • Silent Witness (as Maidstone)
  • Red Cargo (as Mandla)


List of Siyabonga Shibe’s Biggest Career Achievements

  • Jerusalem International Film Festival Award for Best Male Actor (2003)
  • SAFTA’s Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama (nomination) (2006)
  • Duku Duku Award for the Best Actor in a Drama (2015)
  • SAFTA’s Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actor (nomination) (2015)
  • Simon Mabhunu Sabela KZN Film and Television Award for Best Actor (nomination) (2021)


Who is Siyabonga Shibe’s Wife?

Siyabonga Shibe is said to be single at the time. He is known, however, to have had a long-term connection with his baby mom, Keabetswe Letshwara. After seven years of dating, he pushed the relationship to the next level by proposing in 2015. Shibe paid lobola soon after the engagement, and the two regretfully separated ways the following year. On September 27th, 2013, the actor and his ex-fiancée welcomed a son named Yena into the world while still dating.

Despite the fact that the relationship did not end well, the two have healed their differences and have been co-parenting their child since the split. Their son would be better off staying with Siyabonga, according to the former couple. As a result, the actor has been a full-time single father since 2016, but his baby mama still gets to spend as much time with their son as she wants.


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