Sbahle Mpisane (born on June 18th, 1993) is a 30-year-old fitness trainer and TV personality who serves as the founder of Fitness Bunnie, a personal fitness training and boot camp program. She has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
While pursuing her degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Sbahle Mpisane kicked off her fitness career, though she initially planned to join her family’s construction company after graduation. The Zulu native then became a public figure in Mzansi by regularly sharing fitness routines and workout videos on social media. As a TV personality, she was featured in the Mpisane family reality show Kwa Mam’Mkhize and Tropical Island of Treasure.
What is Sbahle Mpisane’s Age?
Having been shy about her physique as a little girl, Sbahle Mpisane embarked on a personal fitness goal while growing up. She then transitioned into a fitness fanatic when she was 21 years old. Eventually, she was bestowed with the 2017 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year Award at the age of 24.
Meet Sbahle Mpisane’s Famous Family Members
Sbahle Mpisane is the daughter of Sibusiso Mpisane and the wealthy businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize. While MaMkhize is Sbahle’s stepmother, her biological mother has remained unknown. She abandoned her with her father at the age of three. Nonetheless, Sbahle and Shauwn have developed an enviable mother-daughter relationship.
The fitness enthusiast has been open about how her mom, Mkhize, has been there for her throughout her accident recovery process. Despite spending thousands of rands in hospital bills after Sbahle Mpisane canceled her medical aid a week after her horrific accident, MaMkhize has remained encouraging and supportive. Consequently, Sbahle got a tattoo in her honor.
Additionally, the reality TV star is close to her father, who has described her speedy recovery as a miracle. Though she is said to have about four siblings, her publicly known sibling is Andile Mpisane. Here’s more on the Mpisane family.
Sibusiso “Sbu” Mpisane
Sbu Mpisane was a Metro police constable before he resigned to join his wife in her construction business. He married Shauwn Mkhize in the year 1991, and the news about their divorce surfaced in 2018. Though Sbahle and Andile Mpisane are his known children, Sibusiso reportedly has at least three other children outside his marriage. In spite of their divorce, Sbu still lives in MaMkhize’s La Lucia mansion.
Sbahle Mpisane’s stepmom, Shauwn Mkhize, is a TV personality, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She was born on April 6th, 1976, and is 47 years old. She holds a Diploma in Accounting from the Durban University of Technology. Over the years, MaMkhize has established many companies and ranks among the most influential people in South Africa.
They include her construction company – Zikhulise Group, Inyanga Trading, Zikhulise Maintenance and Transport, and Zikhulise Auto Recoveries. She was announced the president of Royal AM Football Club, formerly known as Real Kings, in October 2019.
Born on March 15th, 2001, Andile Mpisane is a 22-year-old footballer, musician, and businessman. He plays as a midfielder at Royal AM F. C based in KwaZulu-Natal. Following his mom’s purchase of the football club, he now serves as the chairman of the National First Division club. In 2019, he kicked off his music career with the release of a single titled, ‘Uyangqhaska’.
Sbahle Mpisane’s brother is also into business and co-owns a unisex beauty salon and spa called Royal AM Luxury & Grooming Pampering Lounge with his mother. The millionaire businessman is a father of three. While he had two children, Flo Mpisane and Coco Mpisane, with his baby mama Sithelo Shozi, he welcomed Miaandy Mpisane with his model wife, Tamia Mpisane.
Sbahle is a Graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
In the year 2018, Sbu Mpisane and Shauwn Mkhize’s daughter graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor’s degree in Housing and Town Planning. In order to be close to home, Sbahle chose to study at UKZN. She decided to study housing and town planning, having been passionate about reading maps and technical drawings.
The celebrity fitness trainer initially had the intention to join her family’s construction business after her graduation. She eventually had a change of mind and even wanted to quit her studies many times as she found combining her fitness career and study quite challenging. Following her graduation, she expressed her gratitude to her parents, whom she referred to as her support system.
Sbahle Mpisane Began Her Fitness Career While in Her Early 20s
Sbahle Mpisane reportedly kickstarted her fitness training career in the year 2014 while completing her degree studies at UKZN. She became very popular in the country by regularly vlogging about her fitness routines on social media platforms. She also shared some of her health secrets and diet plans with her fans. Before long, she grew her fanbase, accruing more than 2 million followers on Instagram.
She gradually carved a niche for herself in the fitness industry and won the 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Glamour Magazine. As a fitness trainer, Mpisane is passionate about helping others keep fit. Thus, she launched a personal fitness and boot camping program called Fitness Bunnie. Before having a life-threatening accident in 2018, Sbahle Mpisane helped many people to cultivate a personal fitness lifestyle.
However, after the accident that left about 80% of her bones broken, the 30-year-old has been on a long road to recovery. As a result, she has not been posting vigorous fitness routine videos as she can’t engage in heavy exercise any longer. She is presently on a journey to rediscover herself and is trying to find new passions. Sbahle Mpisane is on a quest to re-evaluate her brand, as the accident has made it difficult for her to do certain things.
Consequently, she urged her fans to move on from ‘the Fitness Bunnie image’ she introduced herself to the industry. Because of the accident, many things have changed for the fitness enthusiast, and she has accepted things the way they are and moved on. She is still re-discovering herself and searching for new passions.
What is Sbahle Mpisane’s Net Worth?
Sbahle Mpisane is said to have an estimated net worth of $1 million. She works as a fitness trainer and is the founder of a personal training and boot camping program – Fitness Bunnie. In addition, the UKZN alumna is a social media influencer and has bagged endorsement deals with brands like Acqua Air.
A reality TV star, Sbahle has been a cast member of the Mpisane family reality TV show titled Kwa Mam’Mkhize for some time now. In 2018, she was one of the celebrity contestants featured in the reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure. Then two years later, she transitioned into an actress, landing her first acting role with Imbewu: The Seed.
She reportedly joined the cast of the award-winning soapie in February 2021. Though spreading her wings into acting, Mpisane is not letting go of her fitness training journey, as she is gradually rebuilding her brand.
Did Sbahle Mpisane Have an Accident?
Yes, Sbahle Mpisane was involved in a ghastly auto crash that nearly took her life on August 9th, 2018. In the early hours of what happened to be Women’s Day, the fitness trainer lost control of her BMW 4 series car on Margaret Mncadi Avenue in Durban on her way back from a night out with her friends. She first hit a light pole before colliding with a tree, and the car overturned, leaving Sbahle trapped in it.
After the accident occurred around 4 AM, Sbahle Mpisane’s car burst into flames, and Brian Dube – a fitness trainer from Durban, who lived close to the accident scene, rushed to the scene with a fire extinguisher and quenched the fire. At first, Dube thought that the driver was dead as the car was wrecked mostly on the driver’s side. But after seeing Sbahle Mpisane move her arm, he alerted the police to call an ambulance.
And when Rescue Care Paramedics arrived, they noticed that the driver had sustained critical injuries, and what caused the accident was unclear. They had to use the Jaws of Life to get her out of the car. Sbahle had internal bleeding and remained on life support for some time. She spent three weeks in a coma and then several months in ICU.
The accident shattered almost 80% of the bones in her body, but thankfully her spine was intact. After the crash, Sbahle Mpisane was like a toasted slice of bread that was crumpled up. Her nose was completely broken, her eyes hung out, and then her arms, hands, left knee, ankle, and toes were all broken. Also, her right foot was severely shattered from her hip, thigh, knee, foot, and toe, and her ankle bone was completely removed from the foot.
With Sbahle Mpisane’s stepmom knowing how shattered she would be if she woke up with only one leg, she pleaded with the doctors to do miracles to get her right leg together. The doctors then managed to put all the pieces back together, but as the accident left Sbahle’s brain visible, she suffered from amnesia. For two years, she had no memory of anything, including the accident. Hence, she visited the accident scene several times to have a recollection of what happened.
Sbahle Mpisane’s Long Recovery Journey
After her accident in August 2018, Sbahle Mpisane was confined to a wheelchair. She was unable to work for a long time until July 2019, when she took her first steps on her own. She had been attempting to take at least one step on her own for a couple of months without much success. Eventually, she managed to take three steps, and it took her one hour to achieve that.
Sbahle chronicles her recovery process on Instagram as she aims to use it to motivate many people passing through the same circumstances. In August 2019, the fitness fanatic walked her first 200 meters. The next month, she walked the runway in a wheelchair for the House of St. Luke at the Durban Fashion Fair held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
Though it has been a painful journey for Sbahle Mpisane, she is quite resilient in getting herself back to doing things as before. Nevertheless, in July 2022, she revealed that she had attempted to take her life on multiple occasions but failed. The TV personality finds it hard to live without an ankle bone or a promising future. As such, she decided to end her life. Between 2018 and 2019, she had two failed suicide attempts.
Then after her third attempt proved abortive, she promised herself never to attempt suicide again. However, in 2021, thoughts of suicide crossed her mind again, but her therapist came to her aid. She’s now placed under medication by her psychologist. In a tell-all interview with YouTuber Owamie Hlongwane in April 2022, the celebrity fitness trainer disclosed that she knew the person who was behind her accident.
She added that the person was her friend and didn’t do it intentionally, so had asked for forgiveness. Nonetheless, some people still believe that Sbahle was driving under the influence of alcohol, and that was the cause of her accident.
Charges of Reckless and Negligence Driving against the Fitness Trainer were Dropped in 2019
Soon after Sbahle Mpisane was rescued from her wrecked car by Paramedics, a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened against her at Durban Central police station. It was unclear what caused the accident as the cameras in the avenue were not working at the time. Hence, the circumstances around the incident were investigated.
However, in April 2019, the charges were dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The docket was sent to the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision, and the NPA decided not to prosecute Sbahle Mpisane due to insufficient evidence.
Did Sbahle Mpisane Have a Surgery?
No, Sbahle Mpisane didn’t go for surgery. Rather, she had a non-surgical 3D rhinoplasty to fix her nose in October 2022. Four years after her fatal accident, Sbahle got a nose job as she was unhappy with the way her beautiful nose structure was damaged. She disclosed in an IG post that it was an hour-long non-surgical procedure that was done through injectable fillers and would last for 12 months.
Meanwhile, in 2021, MaMkhize’s daughter underwent a fat-freezing procedure to freeze her belly fat as she was struggling to get back in shape. She shared her stomach treatment journey with her millions of followers on Instagram.
Does Sbahle Mpisane Really Have a Snake?
No, Sbahle Mpisane doesn’t own a snake. she trended in Mzansi in November 2020 after an old post about a snake that she shared on Instagram many years ago circulated online. This was triggered by Jackie Phamotse’s Instagram live session wherein she accused some celebrities of using snakes to gain riches.
Soon after, it was speculated that Sbahle Mpisane’s family acquired their wealth through black magic. The snake in the video was rumored to be Mkhize’s, and many alleged that it was the source of her wealth. Seeing how things were gradually spiraling out of hand, the fitness bunny was forced to set the record straight.
She took to Instagram and posted the photo of the real owner of the snake and also tagged him in the post. She captioned her post, “The snake most fu**as think is mine. Stay talking.”
Sbahle Mpisane’s Alleged Affair With Annie Mthembu’s Husband, Kgolo
Once again, Sbahle Mpisane trended on social media in March 2023 as she was alleged to be dating Kgolo Da Guru – the husband of the RHOD actress Annie Mthembu. The rumor was circulated by the Instagram gossip blog Maphepha Ndaba which shared a screenshot of the anonymous information they received via DM. The anonymous lady claimed in the message to have seen Sbahle and Kgolo at Capital Hotel in Durban, holding hands.
She added that she couldn’t take a picture because she was with her man, who happened to know Annie’s husband, and they greeted each other. The screenshot made the rounds on social media, gaining Sbahle’s attention. She quickly thrashed the rumor by reposting the screenshot on Instagram and adding a fake news sticker to it. She also tagged Annie Mthembu and her husband in the post.