Reviewing 2013 and looking forward to 2014 with Khabonina


One of the most awesome ladies in the industry has to be this one, Khabonina Qubeka. She has talent for days, as an actress, a singer, a dancer and now a fitness freak too 🙂 I love what she does and I’m hoping we’ll get to see her on TV again soon, her acting is impeccable especially when she plans a bad girl, but outside of the playing characters like Maxine, she’s one of the nicest people I know. So here is my Q&A with the one and only, Khaboniba:
JVB: It has been a good year for you. Take us through some of your highs; your winning moments in 2013.
Khabonina: Wow! My 2013 started on a high note. A. My Annual Birthday Show in Jan. I celebrate my Birthday by throwing Birthday Shows in different provinces, this time, we rocked Mpumalanga (Witbank) & shared it with the disadvantaged kids of the community.

B. Then I went Skiing in Austria Zel Am See ! My snow plough is priceless! I’m thee black SkiiMaster!

C. Being nominated for playing the devious Maxine on “The Wild” at the Royalty Soapy Awards.

D. Releasing my 1st Fitness Dvd.
Launching My Online Store

E. Being part of the IOM South Africa’s “I’m a Migrant Project”

F. Invited to OWLAG (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls) to give a motivational talk to the girls.

JVB:Was there a moment, an experience or something significant this year that made you go ‘WOW” or that changed your perspectives/ plans?

Khabonina: YES! Ok wait, most of my days are filled with WOW’s as I’m a huge fan of Life! Lol ! But releasing my own Fitness dvd “Julukment” really made me realize that Life is what YOU make it and limiting yourself is limiting your life! I have a new lease on life , I am on my way to doing SO much more!


JVB: What does 2014 hold for you?

Khabonina: Oh man! The question is infact … what ‘I’ hold for 2014. Lol ! The biggest lesson I’ve learned , esp being an artist in SA… Don’t wait to be ‘Hired’ hire yourself … ‘Book yourself’ … CREATE CREATE CREATE !!! I’ve created some amazing projects for 2014 , FITNESS in S.A will never be the same !!


JVB: Any tips and/ or tricks from you to your fans to get through 2014?
Khabonina: To be honest, there are no tricks nor tips here lol. Live life with love , positivety , passion and enthusiasm ! if you don’t stand for something , you’ll fall for everything!

JVB: Any last thanks or New years wishes for your fans?

Khabonina: Tjoooooo! Jase’ I truly want to thank my Twitter & Facebook friends , all my online supporters for a great & fun year, for visiting my website, reading my blogs and supporting my projects! May they have a blessed & prosperous New Year & may we never loose our “notty” !!!

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33 Miss SA Semi finalists announced


The 2014 Miss South Africa pageant buzz is on. Yesterday I went through to Sun International‘s Maslow Hotel for the announcement of the 33 semi finalists vying for the title. A bit more from the event:

– Cell C will serve as the headline sponsor for the event

– Radio personality, Anele Mdoda will join DJ, Black Coffee and magazine editor Pnina Fenster in judging the competition

– Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv, will be the official broadcaster

– The Road to Miss SA will start on the channel on the 26th of January

– The pageant will be held in Sun City on the 30th of March

So that’s the lowdown on the event, but who are the 33 ladies vying for the title? Find the list below:



Ziphozakhe Zokufa 22 Eastern Cape
Dipalesa Mbola 22 Free State
Rolene Strauss 21 Free State
Callan Corner 20 Gauteng
Caylene Marais 23 Gauteng
Hape Moloi 21 Gauteng
Jenna Braham 21 Gauteng
Matlala Mokoko 23 Gauteng
Nkhensi Vukela 22 Gauteng
Ntsiki Mkhize 22 Gauteng
Sarah Botes 21 Gauteng
Tayla Skye Robinson 21 Gauteng
Thabang Ganyane 19 Gauteng
Tidimalo Sehlako 22 Gauteng
Tshegofatso Monggae 20 Gauteng
Delisha Leigh-Ann Chetty 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Julia Petersen 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Nomhle Mtshali 23 KwaZulu-Natal
Sihle Makhanya 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Ziyanda Msomi 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Sheila Mmutle 23 Limpopo
Ntandayenkosi Kunene 21 Mpumalanga
Ilze Saunders 23 North West Province
Abigail de Jager 19 Mpumalanga
Alyssa Arendse 22 Western Cape
Anzél Stofberg 22 Western Cape
Ashleigh Burton 23 Western Cape
Jade Hubner 21 Western Cape
Meighnon Loriston 19 Western Cape
Mishka Patel 21 Western Cape
Nelisiwe Galada 23 Western Cape
Taryn Esterhuizen 23 Western Cape
Vuyolwetu Mgwelo 22 Western Cape

Musa wins #IdolsSA

Musa wins Idols!

Musa Sukwene (26), the gentle giant from eMalahleni made history tonight when hebecame the first contestant ever from Mpumalanga Province to win Idols SA!

The competition between Musa and runner-up 19 year old Brenden Ledwaba from Graskop, also in Mpumalanga, was neck-and-neck over the tense final week of the competition and in the end Musa won by a narrow margin of just over 1 000 votes.

“We have never experienced such a close race before on Idols SA,” commented Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity and Special Projects. “It’s testament to the calibre of the contestants as well as the passion of the fans. It’s fantastic to be able to provide such a phenomenal platform for untapped local singing talent.”

As the winner of Idols SA Season 9 Musa walked away tonight with over a million Rand in prizes:


–       A R60 000 voucher towards state-of-the-art musical instruments, as well as a Bi-Wizz Scooter valued at R20 000, from Idols sponsor YAMAHA;

–       a monitor system valued at over R57 000 and Premiere Wireless Technology Shure UHF-R® Wireless Microphone Systems valued at over R40 000 from SHURE MICROPHONES;

–       R30 000 in fashion vouchers from Idols clothing sponsor Truworths;

–       R350 000 cash from SAMSUNG, an All Share set worth over R50 000 as well as R350 000 from Idols SA.

–       A brand new Ford Fiesta 1.0 (1 litre) Ecoboost Titanium Valued at R238 600 from FORD;

–       And of course the ultimate Idols prize: a recording contract from UNIVERSAL MUSIC SOUTH AFRICA.

Universal will release a 4-track mini-album from their latest Idols SA superstar in time for Christmas, and it will be available exclusively for Samsung customers to download and keep from the KLEEK music app.

Fans can download the Kleek music app from Samsung Apps and the Google Play store, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

As Idols SA Season 9 runner-up, Brenden also didn’t go home empty-handed tonight. He took home R10 000 in fashion vouchers from Truworths – and so did the third runner up Sonke Mazibuko; and lastly a R100 000 cheque from Idols SA for his contribution to making Season 9 such a hit season.

Both Brenden and Musa’s original singles are still available for download and their music videos are on the official Idols website at

To download Brenden’s single “Fingerprints” simply SMS his number 01 to 39200 and for Musa’s single “I Still Feel It” SMS his number 09 to 39200. Each download costs R15.

M-Net and Mzansi Magic also announced tonight that there would be another season of Idols in 2014. Auditions for the tenth season will kick off in February andwannabe Idols can jot down the following audition dates in their diaries:


15 February – Johannesburg – Carnival City

22 February – Durban – Playhouse Theatre

7March – Cape Town – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

22 March – Pretoria – State Theatre


To stay on top of the latest Idols SA news, visit the Idols website at or go to the official Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”.


Follow Idols on Twitter @IdolsSA and support Musa and Brenden directly at @musathevoice and@brenden_praise.


Idols SA is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic.


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IdolsSA Top 9 song choices

Episode 13 - the Top 9

This week the #IdolsSA Top 9 will take to the stage singing songs by artists they admire, look up to and are inspired by. Here’s what they’ll be singing this week:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town [@BenjaminTainton]: Coldplay “The Scientist”.

Good song and the judges seem to dig him. I’m sure he’ll do a descent job.
BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga [@brenden_praise]: Anthony Hamilton’s “Her Heart”.

He’s going to melt hearts with this one and he’s bound to score loads of votes for a song like this… I have no doubt he is going to blow people away.
BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg [@BunnyMajaja]: Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary”.

Oh Bunny, you just choose such good songs. A song that matches her vocal range too. It is indeed a classic and the performance should be incredibly fun, festive. Rock it!
CHRISTINA WILLIAMS (21) from Port Elizabeth [@_c_williams]: Pink’s “Try”.

Difficult song, but a good choice too. It’s one of P!nk’s most powerful tracks and I think Christina will need to dig deep to capture all the emotions attached to it. I’m looking forward to seeing this one.
CRYSTALENE NAIR (24) from Durban [@CrystaleneNair] – Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”.

Love me some Kelly Clarkson and I’m keen to see how Crystalene brings her interpretation of the song to the stage.
INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) from Phalaborwa in Limpopo province [@innocentmabushe] – Coldplay song “Paradise”.

Love, love, love this song. I had the privilege of seeing Coldplay performing this one live in Prague last year and it was simply incredible. Don’t mess it up Innocent 😉
MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga [@musathevoice] – Ringo Madlingozi’ “Ndiyagodola”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not familiar with this song, but I dig Musa so I’ll wait and see.

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto [@sonke_mazibuko] Zonke’s “Jikizinto”.

Nice song choice by an incredible artist. I think this one will be met with a positive response too. I also think under the mentoring eyes of Ziyon from Liquideep and RJ Benjamin, this one could be a stand out.
ZOË ZANA (19) from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town [@zoe_zana] – Rihanna with “Love The Way You Lie”.

Clever song choice. Rihanna will be in the country in just over a week and so she’s hot on everyone’s lips. Plus, Zoe has a similar hairdo to Rihanna in that vide (sans the colour, but maybe they’ll hook it up for this one).

Lets see how they style her this week.

There’s a great selection of artists, so don’t miss the show this Sunday on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:30. Check out the official site for video interviews, news and more.