It seems like it wasn't that long ago that she was entertaining South African children on YoTV when she was a child star.
Now she's 30, working on radio and engaged to be married. Former YoTV presenter Karabo Ntshweng is getting married. She announced the big news recently after her fiancé proposed during her 30th birthday weekend celebration.
She's excited, she says. She spent her birthday weekend in the Winelands, surrounded by friends and family as she and her twin brother, Katlego, celebrated turning 30.
“We were celebrating with my friends, their partners and my then-boyfriend – now fiancé. The plan was to have a nice weekend. We had lunch at a wine farm and we had started the celebrations Friday when we arrived.”
Karabo says that what really took her breath away is what happened on Sunday after lunch when her partner of 11 years went down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.
“We were having drinks outside wrapping up the weekend, and I remember turning around and that’s when the proposal happened. It caught me completely off guard and I was not expecting that to happen at all. We have been together for a very long time and at some point I knew that we would get married, I just didn’t think that he would propose on my birthday.”
She has always been nonchalant about marriage and Karabo what her wedding day or proposal would look like. But now that she is engaged, she looks forward to all that her 30s will be bringing into her life.
“I am excited, my twin brother was in on it this entire time. I believe that it's not about how long people have been together but it is about when they are ready. I never had the intention of being married in my 20s, everyone around me knew that. I just wanted to enjoy my twenties and that is why I feel that this is the perfect time.”
“My partner is very kind and patient with me. There’s no one who understands me better than him. He is so supportive of my dreams and my goals, the most important thing that people need to find in a partner is kindness. Kind people are very important, whether in a partner or friend. I keep kind people around me.”
She has lived a full life. She started her career as a teenager, and she has grown into the woman she is today. Karabo says that she is grateful for the life that she had lived, and she has no regrets.
“A lot happened in my 20s, I had a a lot of fun in my 20s, and I don’t have any regrets about the things that I have done. I went to all the concerts I wanted to go to, I honoured invitations to things and being stuck in the house due to Covid-19 made me even more grateful for the fun times that I have had. I have been lucky to have started a career even before I was 20 and my career has been going well.”
She completed her honours in brand strategic communications at Vega School and she says she's now focused of taking care of herself in her even more in all aspects of her life.
“I am grateful for my life and the relationships I have built. Going into my 30s, I want to put myself first and my wellness first. If my mental, physical and spiritual health are sorted, everything else will fall into place. Looking back, I could’ve taken better care of myself and just learnt to say no without flinching and establishing healthy boundaries.
“I want to live fully. We have attached so may thing to money but I just want to live a full life. I want things that set my soul on fire and to enjoy all of my life. In the last year people have lost loved ones but I want to turn 40 and look back and say, 'I lived the hell out of my 30s!'”