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Khabonina Qubeka


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Birth Date: Thursday, January 22, 1981
Gender: Female

Actor Biography

Khabonina Qubeka is a South African actress, dancer, choreographer, singer and businesswoman best known for her role as the third Doobsie (after Lindiwe Chibi and Khanyisile Mbau) on the SABC2 soapie Muvhango, from 2006-2007.

She is also known for her starring roles as Khanyi Qubu on the SABC3 drama series For Sale (2007), as ruthless businesswoman Faith on the SABC3 drama series The Lab (2008) and for her starring role as city-slick babe Khanyi on the e.tv soapie Rhytm City, in 2009.

She currently stars as Roxanne's (Renate Stuurman) controlling boss, Kefilwe Ndlovu, in the SABC2 drama series The Mating Game.

She is also a judge on the SABC1 reality competition Dance Your Ass Off, from 2010-2011; and replaced Penny Thloloe as a judge on the e.tv reality dance competition Step Up or Step Out for its second season, in 2012.

Born in Orlando West Extension, Soweto in 1981, Qubeka was raised in Johannesburg. She attended Queen's High School Kensington, after which she earned a dance diploma with Moving Into Dance.

She is currently studying for a BA Communication Science from UNISA.

In 2007 she trained the cubs for The Lion King theatre production at Monte Casino in dance and acting workshops.

Other career highlights include extensive travel in Europe with Richard Loring's African Footprint; performing in the “55 Congress de la FIFA” in Marrakech, Morroco; touring Canada with the Milk Childrens Festival as a story teller, dancer, singer and teacher; performing in Tribute to the Pops in Palma, Majorca, Spain; and being chosen to participate in Madam Taussauds 'Dungeon of Horrors' workshop.

Artists she has worked with include the late Lebo Mathosa, Somizi, Thembi Seete, TK, Debbie Rakusin.

She won an FNB Dance Umbrella Award and danced in Sun International's Sun City ODYSSEY Extravaganza.

She recently started Khabodacious Moves Dance School in Orange Grove and KCPR, a public relations company.

In 2010 she wrote and released her first album titled Gama Lahko, under her own music label Khabodacious Moves Music. A 12 track album, singles on it include Gama Lakho and Bring Your Body. Both tracks are also music videos, produced by Khabonina. The video for Gama Lakho is directed by Efpe Senekal and the video for Bring Your Body is directed by Jonathan Kovel.

Khabonina is multilingual, speaking Zulu, Xhosa, English, seSotho, Venda and Afrikaans.

Career History


Judge on Step Up or Step Out.


Starred in the SABC2 drama series The Mating Game.

Judge on Dance Your Ass Off.


Host/presenter of the SABC2 docu-reality show It's for Life.

Choreographed a dance scene for Rhythm City.

Taught the Diski Dance to corporates, schools and communities.

Performed songs from her album Gama Lakho at the Mr. South Africa event at Silverstar Casino.

Choreographed the opening of the Football Friday launch in Sandton.

Choreographed the half-time dance-off during the Celtics and Swallows game at the Siwelele in Arts project in Blomefontein.

Starred as Kefilwe Ndlovu in the SABC2 drama series The Mating Game, from March to June.


Joins the cast of the SABC3 drama series The Lab for its third season, as a main cast member. Plays the role of Faith, a ruthless businesswoman who enters into an illegal business with The Lab's Jaws Bhengu.

Conducted a Health and Wellness seminar for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Invited as a guest speaker alongside American Actor Jesse L Martin (of Law and Order fame) for a ‘Be a Legend’ annual youth campaign at Cosmos City Schools.

Nominated for a SAFTA (South African Film & Television Award) for “Best Villainess” in a Soap.

Released a mini-album of music - currently working on a full debut album.

Started the Khabodacious Moves health lifestyle project offering dance tuition in a variety of styles including Afro-fusion; Contemporary; Hip Hop; and Sensual Dancing (Pole & Lap dancing sessions).


Guest starred in an episode of the SABC1 drama series Mtunzini.com in the role of Lillian Baloyi - the alcoholic, glamorous wife of a tycoon suspected of murdering a nanny - in the episode entitled "The Nanny (Part 1)" - Season 2, Episode 12.

Head choreographer, judge and presenter for Channel O's Dance Africa.

Choreographed the TV special "100 years of Horizon Deep Celebrations" for Isidingo.

Was a guest presenter at the inaugural Stars of Mzansi awards ceremony and was a choreographer and performer at the SAMA awards.

She was also invited by President Kgalema Motlante to the Ceremony of National Orders as an announcer.


Lead role in dramedy For Sale on SABC3

Lead role in soapie Muvhango on SABC2

Hosted Africa Day celebration show live on SABC Africa

Appointed as Celebrity Choreographer on Jika ma Jika on SABC1

Subject of a mini-documentary on magazine show Ses'khona on SABC1 – featured on Women’s Day 9 August 2007

Invited to 3Talk with Noeleen as a motivator and dancer for a Woman’s Day special

Currently running a dance studio Khabodacious Moves

Founder of KCPR (Khabonina Concierge & Public Relations)

Board member of Walking Gusto Multimedia Dance company

Selected to shoot a documentary in Victoria Falls (The Home Coming) alongside Rachel True (sitcom Half and Half) and Michael Boatman (Spin City) by Brainstorm Entertainment

Invited by First Lady Zanele Mbeki to a Young Women of SA in Dialogue event as a motivator and dancer

Founder and designer of Khabodacious Dance Gear

Conducted a health motivational workshop at The Castle, for ABSA management group

Performed at Carol Bouwer’s Motswako 200th anniversary

Conducted a dance workshop for the Department of Education

Adjudicator - National School of the Arts Grade 12 Drama Awards Evening


Choreographed and performed in the SABC2 road show Dorp to Dorp


Performed in the Chicago launch as an actress and dancer

Performed in the 55 Congress de la Fifa in Marrakech, Morocco

Co-produced, with Tshepo Mabona, Bonita Medical Fund Launch for Free State Soccer Stars – choreographer and performer


Toured Europe with Richard Loring’s African Footprint

Performed in Richard Loring’s Buddy Holly Show

Worked with Lebo Mathosa, Somizi, Clearance, Swartland, Thembi Seete, TK, Debbie Rakusin and more


FNB Dance Umbrella Award winner

Madame Tussaud’s Dungeon of Horrors interactive workshops – London

Tribute to the Pops show as a singer, dancer and hostess – Spain, Palma, Majorca


Sun City International – Dancer in Extravaganza

Sun City International – Public Relations Assistant


Milk Children’s Festival – dancer, singer, teacher and storyteller – Canada





Actor Trivia


Fave TV Show
Desperate Housewives

Fave fictional character (from any TV show, movie or novel):
Michael Corleone

The line you’ve most enjoyed saying in a role:
“I'll make your life a living hell!”

Dream holiday destination?

Do you believe in aliens?
Oh, YES!!

Which Reality TV Show would you most enjoy being in?
Fear Factor

If you were in a different profession – what would you be?
A bodyguard or secret agent!

Fave word?

Fave emotion to play
Uncontrollable rage

Which role would you most like to play?
Lara Croft

Doctor or detective?

Film star or tramp?

Conartist or love interest?
Con Artist

Lawyer or journalist?

Prisoner or warden?

Rock star or Olympic athlete?
Rock Star
Character Show
Commentator - Herself 10 Over 10 - Season 2
Judge - Herself Dance Your Butt Off - Season 1
Judge - Herself Dance Your Butt Off - Season 2
Jira Erfsondes - Season 4
Khanyi Qubu For Sale - Season 1
Herself Glambition - Season 1
Herself Kota Life Crisis - Season 1
Lillian Mtunzini.com - Season 2
Doobsie Muvhango - Season 1
Guest Star Mzansi Love: Kasi Style - Season 2
Khanyi Rhythm City - Season 1
Presenter - Herself Stars of Mzansi - Season 1
Judge - Herself Step Up or Step Out - Season 2
Judge - Herself Step Up or Step Out - Season 3
Judge - Herself Step Up or Step Out Flipside - Season 2
Judge - Herself Step Up or Step Out Flipside - Season 3
Faith The Lab - Season 3
Kefilwe Ndlovu The Mating Game - Season 1
Maxine The Wild - Season 2
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