Elizabeth Serunye biography AKA Thobakgale from Skeem Saam, age, kids, music, etc

Elizabeth Serunye, a South African actress and gospel singer, was born on March 12th, 1971. She is well known for her roles as Mapaseka Montsho on The Queen and Principal Thobakgale on Skeem Saam SABC 1. Moreover, she reached her 52rd birthday in 2023.

She appeared in numerous television programmes, including Home Affairs, City Sesla, Death of a Queen, Rhythm City, and many others, making her a household celebrity since her acting debut.

Biography of Elizabeth Serunye

A picture of Principal Thobakgale from Skeem Saam played by Elizabeth Serunye
A picture of Principal Thobakgale from Skeem Saam played by Elizabeth Serunye

Full Name: Elizabeth Serunye
Date of birth: 12 March 1971
Age: 52 years old
Place of birth: Limpopo, South Africa
Education: Unknown
Occupation: Actress and Gospel Singer
Known as: Principal Thobakgale on Skeem Saam
Net worth: $100,000
Nationality: South African

Early and personal Life of Serunye

On March 12, 1971, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Elizabeth Serunye was born. She was a main singer in high school, but she subsequently understood that after matriculation, acting was her true calling.

Moreover, she struggled early on with an acting career and spent years hunting for steady acting work. When she received her first big break with Soul City in 2006.

So, she even ended up working at a super market. The star, who was unfortunate enough to break through at a young age, realised from an early age that she was born to amuse.

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Education of Elizabeth Serunye

After a lot of research. We came short of the information regarding exactly where Serunye had her education. So, we will leave it blank while we continue to research.

Acting career

After metric Elizabeth chose to follow a career in acting. However, she struggled to get acting gigs. However, she got her first gig at the age of 23, this was on a Sesotho drama called Dinnete tsa Bophelo written by Philip Mothupi.

Thereafter, in the mid-2000s the star landed acting roles in quite a number of shows including Home affairs and others. In 2005 Mrs Serunye landed herself a role on the comedy of “Mzee Wa Two Six” then she got another one on Soul City in 2006.

Elizabeth Serunye portrayed comic roles and serious characters. Moreover, she played Mapaseka Montsho, the tyrannical queen of the kitchen at the ‘Cherry Blossom’ guest house in the SABC2 sitcom Moferefere Lenyalong.

And she combined tragic and comic as Rose Nakumba in ‘Rhythm City. As she battled to cope with an abusive husband, Jafta Nakumba (Sandile Dlamini) and a rebellious teenager, Mampho (Itumeleng Bokaba). Thereafter, she landed a serious role as Principal Thobakgale on Skeem Saam on SABC 1.

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Music career

Elizabeth’s special passion is music, especially gospel singing, she started singing in high school choir where she was a lead vocalist. She currently sings with the Exaltation Gospel Choir.


  • City Ses’la – Zinzile – Season 2
  • Death of a Queen -Lekanago – – Season 1
  • Ga Re Dumele – Madipuo – Season 4
  • Home Affairs – Auntie – Season 3
  • Ke Ba Bolelletse – Mme Tshidi – Season 1 to Season 2
  • Moferefere Lenyalong – Mapaseka Montsho – Season 1 to Season 2
  • Mzee wa Two Six – Nokuthula – Season 1
  • Rhythm City – Rose – Season 1
  • Skeem Saam – Principal Thobakgale – Season 2 to Season 10
  • Streets of Mangaung – Ma Annah – Season 1
  • The Coconuts – Joyce’s Friend 2 – Season 1

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Net worth of Elizabeth Serunye

According to estimates, Elizabeth Serunye has an estimated net worth of around $100,000. Which is equivalent to about R1.8 million in rands equivalence. Her salary on Skeem Saam was estimated to be around R25,000-R35,000.


Some may be wondering how tall Elizabeth Seruye really is. While the answer is not easy. Most sources suggest that she is around 1.64m to 1.67m tall, roughly 164cm to 167cm.

Social media

While she is not available on twitter, Serunye can be found on Instagram as @serunyeelizabeth. Where she shares all her memories with, friends, collegues and family and even promoting some of her gospel releases.

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