Katlego Moswane Maboe[1] (born 29 October 1986)[2] is a South African TV presenter, singer-songwriter and accountant.[2] He was consecutively awarded Best TV Presenter at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2015 and 2016.[3][4] He is also known for hosting the morning talk show Expresso on SABC 3 since its inception in 2010.[5]

Katlego Maboe
Katlego Moswane Maboe

(1986-10-29) 29 October 1986 (age 37)
Ikageng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Other namesKat
Alma materNorth-West University
  • TV presenter
  • singer-songwriter
  • accountant
Notable work

Early life edit

Maboe was born in Itsoseng, a township near Lichtenburg, and raised in the township of Ikageng, near Potchefstroom.[6] He became a member of the North West Children's Choir in 1998 while attending Potchefstroom Central School.[7] Maboe matriculated from Potchefstroom High School for Boys in 2004,[8] and completed a Bachelor's degree in Chartered Accounting at North-West University in 2017.[9]

Career edit

While studying at North-West University, a cappella group known as Flip a Coin asked Maboe to join them after they were brought to the attention of his singing voice. They managed to release three albums together, with Maboe on beatboxing and vocals.[6] He made his television debut in 2009 on the Afrikaans lifestyle magazine series DEKAT.[2] He then began co-hosting the magazine series 50/50 on SABC 2 before hosting Expresso on SABC 3 when the show launched in October 2010.[10] Maboe has hosted the second season of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa.[11] He has also hosted the South African Film and Television Awards in 2016 with Minnie Dlamini,[4] and in 2017 with Thando Thabethe.[12] Maboe hosted the eighth and ninth season of the reality television series Tropika Island of Treasure, which he also wrote and performed the theme song for.[13][14]

Activism edit

In 2014, Maboe was appointed as a HOPE Cape Town Goodwill Ambassador.[15] His philanthropic work involves projects that focus on providing health and education in Cape Town. He rode the Cape Town Cycle Tour with doctor Michael Mol in 2011 and 2013, in order to raise funds for charity.[16]

Personal life edit

Maboe is trilingual and speaks fluent Afrikaans, English and Setswana.[17] From 2018 until 2020, he lived in Johannesburg with his girlfriend, Monique Muller, and son Phoenix Katlego Maboe.[18] In October 2020, it was revealed that Maboe had cheated on Muller and infected her with an STD that created issues with her fertility. He was pulled from most of his television jobs, as a result of this scandal. [19][20][21] In September 2021, Katlego sued his estranged girlfriend alongside SAFTAs for defamation of character and ruining his career, and was re-instated as presenter on Espresso, following a public outcry on social media. [22]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Awards Category Results Ref.
2021 SAFTA Best Television Presenter   Cancelled [23][24]

References edit

  1. ^ "Happy Middle Name Pride Day". Expresso Show. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Katlego Maboe Biography". TVSA.
  3. ^ "Safta 2015 winners: list". TimesLIVE. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "All the winners at the 2016 Saftas". Channel 24. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  5. ^ Ferreira, Thinus (30 April 2019). "Ewan Strydom in tears as he says goodbye to 'Expresso'". Channel 24. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Humble beginnings to super star with TV presenter Katlego Maboe". Top Billing.
  7. ^ "Katlego Maboe". Famous Faces. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Katlego Maboe – Celebrity MC". Conference Speakers. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Katlego Maboe | Alumni". North-West University. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Katlego Maboe". DJs Production. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Katlego Maboe". Design Indaba.
  12. ^ "All the winners at the 2017 Saftas". Channel 24. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Katlego Maboe to host Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao". City Buzz. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Katlego Maboe releases official TIOT8 theme song". Channel 24. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Meet the Ambassador awarded best TV Presenter in South Africa". One Young World. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  16. ^ "KATLEGO MABOE". Entertainment Online.
  17. ^ "Expresso's Katlego Maboe answers personal questions about his own money". 702. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Katlego Maboe and his girlfriend welcome baby boy". iOL. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  19. ^ "A complete breakdown of the Katlego Maboe cheating scandal". Channel. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  20. ^ "Katlego Maboe no longer on Expresso, Outsurance ads pulled". www.capetownetc.com. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Katlego Maboe no longer on 'Expresso' for the time being, says Cardova Productions". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  22. ^ Ngwenya, Nkhensani (4 September 2021). "Katlego Maboe Sues Ex For R1 Million For Ruining His Career And Life". Surge Zirc SA. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  23. ^ "Katlego Maboe nominated for Best Presenter at 2021 SAFTAs". The South African. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  24. ^ Eloff, Herman. "Saftas remove Katlego Maboe from Best TV Presenter category". Channel. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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