Pebetsi Matlaila (born on November 8th, 1986) is a 37 year-old South African actress and radio personality famously recognized for her role of Mokgadi Matloga in SABC1 soap opera Skeem Saam.
Previously, Matlaila worked as a presenter at Capricorn FM and Sar FM Radio. She made her first professional acting debut in Skeem Saam during the third season. Since then, she has been reprising her role as an entertainment journalist, Mokgadi, in the SABC educational programme, which has made her quite popular in Mzansi.
How Old Is Mokgadi from Skeem Saam?
Pebetsi Matlaila, also known as Mokgadi from Skeem Saam, is 37 years old. In Polokwane, Limpopo Province, the actress was born to her parents on November 8th, 1986. She was raised in her birthplace. However, the identities of her parents are still kept away from the prying eyes of the media.
The South African actress left her home country for the United States when she was 19 years old. She stayed there for four years before returning to SA.
Which Educational Institution Did Pebetsi Matlaila Attend?
Pebetsi Matlaila had her high school education in her birthplace of Polokwane. She obtained her Matric Certificate in the year 2003 from Capricorn High School. Soon after, she attended a performing arts school with a focus on acting, presenting, and production training. Also, the Skeem Saam actress graduated from the University of South Africa, where she bagged a Bachelor’s degree certificate.
What Happened to Mokgadi on Skeem Saam?
After so much anticipation from the Skeem Saam fans for Mokgadi and Eric Macheru’s (Leeto Maputla) wedding, they finally had their dream wedding materialized, and it was nothing short of glamour. While the bride wore a strapless beaded mermaid wedding gown designed by Palse Femme, the groom wore a three-piece suit also made by Palse.
Entertainment journalist, Mokgadi Matloga, played by Pebetsi Matlaila, debuted in the multi-award-winning SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam in season 3. Before long, her impeccable acting abilities earned her a promotion to the soapie’s regular cast in the sixth season.
Mokgadi is Matlaila’s first and only known acting role at the moment. Before landing her career breakthrough with Skeem Saam, the gorgeous actress worked as an on-air radio personality on many radio stations, including Capricorn FM and SarFM Radio.
Pebetsi Matlaila’s Filmography
- Skeem Saam as Mokgadi Matloga
Is Pebetsi Matlaila Divorced?
Mokgadi from Skeem Saam secretly got hitched to film producer Lloyd Mbatha in November 2020. Later in September 2021, Pebetsi Matlaila revealed in a series of Instagram stories that she had been in an abusive relationship.
She stated in the post that she had a near-death experience and was abused by someone she thought she would spend forever with. From the post, it was deduced that the actress’ marriage had hit rock bottom. And since then, she has not shared any post regarding her husband.
She later confirmed the separation in February 2022 when she disclosed on social media that she is open to the idea of remarrying, though she has to heal first.
Mokgadi is a Mother of Two
Mokgadi from Skeem Skaam nearly lost her life in April 2021 when she welcomed her second child, a daughter named Qhawekasi, with her former husband, Lloyd Mbatha. It happened that she had a traumatic childbirth experience that was caused by pre-eclampsia complications.
Most women and their children rarely survive this pregnancy complication caused by high blood pressure. Thankfully, Pebetsi and her daughter made it alive. According to the radio personality, it was a true miracle, and it has renewed her sense of appreciation of life and loved ones.
Pebetsi Matlaila is a doting mum who loves spending time with her kids. Her first daughter, Orabile, was born when she was in her late 20s.
The Actress is Very Active on Social Media
Like many other celebrities, Pebtsi Matlaila has a social media presence. She often entertains her fans with posts about her life experiences, career, and family life. She has more than 10.7K followers with over 4.1K tweets on her Twitter handle (@Pebetsimatlaila).
Then on Instagram, Mokgadi from Skeem Saam has thus far made over 2.3K posts on her Instagram account (@pebetsimatlaila). She has more fans on the social media platform than on Twitter. Her followers on Instagram are more than 350K.