Bafana Bafana star Siphiwe Tshabalala has recorded a lot of career milestones in his life. The left-winger started his football career in South Africa before inking a lucrative deal with the Turkish football club, BB Erzurumspor. This marked a major career achievement for the SA native who later came back to his home country to play for AmaZulu F.C. Fans and the general public are well acquainted with the footballer’s professional life but how much do we know of his married life with ex-beauty queen, Bokang Montjane? According to kept records, Tshabalala has only ever been married once and since he tied the connubial knot with the model and beauty pageant in 2016, their union has been quite successful and they already have two children to show for their time together as a couple.
How Bokang Montjane Met Siphiwe Tshabalala
Bokang Montjane never deemed it necessary to revealed how she met her husband, Siphiwe Tshabalala until a recent interview session with Gareth Cliff on the set of CliffCentral. There, the former Miss South Africa laid bare the details of how their paths crossed.
According to Montjane, it all started at a radio station in 2010 where she just wrapped up an interview. On her way out of the station, she met Siphiwe going in to have his own interview session. It would be safe to say that the footballer felt an immediate attraction for the ex-beauty queen as he begged for a picture with Bokang and equally indicated an interest in getting her contact details. When he couldn’t get what he wanted from her, Siphiwe had to resort to asking the staff of the radio station.
When the radio workers realized he wanted to get Bokang’s numbers behind her back, they too declined to grant his request, saying they were not allowed to do so. However, the SA soccer player eventually left the scene with his love interest’s contact details after he begged and begged.
They Dated For A While Before Exchanging Vows
Perhaps the attraction was not so strong on Bokang Montjane’s side because the Limpopo-born beauty had the Bafana Bafana player swinging on a pendulum for over two years as she played hard to get. The celebrity pair eventually became an item in 2012 as they commenced dating officially. On why the details of their early relationship never made it to the public arena, Montjane revealed how doing things in their own way shielded their relationship from the prying eyes of the public. Her exact words were that they wanted it to be just the two of them at the beginning and then see how far it would take them.
Barely four years after they started dating, wedding bells rang for the celebrity duo who went ahead to tie the nuptials in 2016. Being a couple that value their privacy, the details of their wedding were never brought to the public arena, thus, we cannot say the kind of ceremony they favored, the venue, and the caliber of guests in attendance.
The couple’s marriage has been going strong and from what is perceivable, Bokang Montjane who initially said she wanted somebody to build with and grow with got exactly what she wished for and more.
Bokang Montjane and Her Spouse Are Parents To Two Kids
Always one to keep her personal life under lock and key, the South African ex-beauty queen already became a first-time mother before fans even got to know about it. To date, she never revealed her first child’s date of birth but we know she had a baby boy whom they named Owethu in 2015; this means that the baby even came before they officially tied the knot. Owethu has been severally photographed with his parents and is fast becoming a grown-up.
Recently, Siphiwe Tshabalala who was recently signed by Amazulu F.C was celebrating his birthday when his wife took to her Instagram page to share the good news of a new addition to her family. Bokang Montjane who is known for her penchant for secrecy remembered to include the picture of her baby bump this time around. While wishing her spouse a happy 36th birthday in 2020, the second time mum gushed over her new bundle of joy, describing it as a birthday gift to Siphiwe. The baby’s name was never revealed but we got wind of the fact that it is a girl.
Also in the Instagram post, Montjane appreciated the father of two for being loving, committed, and phenomenal, both as a husband and as a dad. The new mother said they always prayed to welcome a daughter and thanks to God and their ancestors, they got exactly that.
The Celeb Duo Is Also Doing Business Together
Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bokang Montjane’s relationship goes beyond being just husband and wife as the duo has collaborated in launching several businesses. Notable among their joint ventures is SB Kids range – a popular kiddies’ clothing and accessories brand found in Jet stores. At the initial stage, getting commercial shelf space for SB Kids was a struggle but Jet came to the rescue. According to the celeb couple, the target is to bring superheroes to life for kids to relate to.
The Tshabalalas have also diversified their interest into other fields, including a beauty salon, an events company, and of course their individual foundations namely, Bokang Montjane Foundation and Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation.
The Couple Had to Struggle With Distance At A Point In Their Relationship
A couple of years after they tied the connubial knot in 2018, the Bafana Bafana star scored a lucrative deal with the Turkish side, BB Erzurumspor which means leaving his new family to further his football career in another continent. Consequently, Siphiwe spent a better part of 2018 and 2019 in Turkey, and according to Bokang Montjane, conducting a long-distance relationship was anything but easy. Though she made frequent trips to go spend time with her husband, the Limpopo-born queen said she missed the small things of life like when her spouse takes up the school runs, cleans her car, and the likes.
On how they kept love alive across the continents, Bokang said they took to having telephone conversations twice daily. According to the mother of two, it is all about communication, it’s all about compromise, it’s all about sacrifice. You just need to make the effort for things to start working out. On Siphiwe’s part, any time spent with family is always priceless and staying connected while in different countries is far from easy.
Now that the Bafana Bafana star is back home in South Africa, playing with AmaZulu FC, things have gone back to normal in their personal life. The couple always loves to spend festive periods like Christmas and New Year with family, According to Bokang, they visit Siphiwe’s family first before going down to Limpopo to see her family.
Who is Bokang Montjane?
There is a dearth of information on Bokang Montjane’s early life and family background but it is a known fact that she was born on the 5th of May 1986 in Ga-Mphahlele village, Limpopo, formerly Transvaal. Nothing is known about her parents and siblings, thus, we cannot say the kind of family she grew up in. On her academics, the local beauty queen is a diploma holder in Public Relations Management.
Bokang Montjane’s life has been all about modeling and beauty pageantry. In 2007, she emerged in the top 16 at the Miss Earth beauty contest. 2009 was when she appeared in Miss International, and in 2010; the Limpopo-born beauty scored the crown of Miss South Africa. This major win secured her position at the 2011 Miss Universe and Miss World as her country’s representative.
Before Bokang’s emergence to fame, the SA beauty already won the 2004 Miss Teen Limpopo and Miss UJ 2006. Post fame in 2010, she became the face of Fashion Eastgate and also bagged Miss Rivonia the same year. Montjane is the proud owner of a modeling and confidence school and serves with ABZ Community Foundation as its PRO.