From humble beginnings, raised by a single parent and Grand Mother in Soweto, Mofolo Village, Khanyi had always had big dreams and great mind, being raised in a family that celebrated arts with her Grandfather – Mr Babes Mbau (a great saxophonist) – Khanyi was destined to play a role in the arts.
Landing here first television role at the age of 8, on a popular children’s program, Gallooby on CCV, popularly known as SABC 1, today.
Thereafter, at the age of 12, presenting a children’s fitness show called Sasko Sam ‘you’re a star’.
With the demand of school she then had to focus on her education.
In 2004 she landed a role on the popular drama series Soul City as Katlego – a popular Soweto girl – not knowing her fortune was about to change. After the tragic shooting of Lindiwe Cibi, who played Doobsie on the popular series called Muvhango, she then went onto the biggest role of her career, playing the troubled villain, Doobsie, on Muvhango.
With her personal life taking the lead, she then met Mandla Mthembu and became the tabloid queen – which served as the beginning of her dark days; and, facing the challenges of reality, gave birth to a beautiful little girl Cannes (pronounced as Khan) in 2006.
Surviving abuse, and the many stigmas she had to bear – from controversial statements made by her and the media; she then chose to write a book as a source of healing and reflecting called “Bitch Please I’m Khanyi Mbau” (2011), out selling most celebrity biographies at the time.
Since then the sky had been the limit and she has gone on to achieve many great things, and returns to our screens even bigger and better.
Khanyi Mbau: a true life’s lesson on always re-inventing yourself.