Setlhabi Taunyane

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Setlhabi Taunyane
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Born Setlhabi Taunyane
(1956-04-27) April 27, 1956 (age 63)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Nationality South African
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Arranger
  • Playwright
Years active 1976 - to date
Known for Soul Buddyz
Rhythm City

Setlhabi Taunyane (born 27 April 1956) is a South African actor, music arranger, writer, playwright and director. He has starred on the soap opera, Rhythm City, as Kop Khuse since it first went on air on 9 July 2007. He was part of the original cast along with the likes of Zenzo Ngqobe, Mduduzi Mabaso, Mpho Molepo, KB Motsilanyane, Peter Sephuma, Jamie Bartlett, Robert Hobbs, Lucia Mthiyane, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Kelly Khumalo, Mmabatho Montsho, Lungile Radu, Wright Ngubeni, Connie Chiume and Pam Andrews.

Setlhabi Taunyane had a supporting role on the SABC 1 education youth drama series, Soul Buddyz, for four seasons. He has also appeared Isidingo, Hard Copy, Justice For All and the 2007 SABC 1 mini-series Society.

Return from Exile and Homelessness

Setlhabi Taunyane was in exile in Canada for over 10 years, this is according to an interview he did with Move! magazine. Upon return he was rejected by his family and ended up homeless and living on the streets. "My life was tough. I looked frail and sick, and some of my relatives even asked for my ID so that they could take life cover for me. They thought I was going to die. Some called me ikwerekwere (foreigner)."

Over time he rebuild his acting career finding roles in shows such as Isidingo, Hard Copy, Justice For All and Soul Buddyz. In 2007 he staged a complete turn around when he was cast on Rhythm City. "I am thankful to all the people who wrote me off, because without them, I would not have had this drive to succeed in life. The encouraged me. When these people see me now, they are so embarrassed, including my brother, who chased me away from my parents' house," Setlhabi Taunyane told Move! magazine.


  1. TVSA, Setlhabi Taunyane, 26 November 2018
  2. OK Mzansi, 10 Things you don't known about Setlhabi Taunyane, 26 November 2018
  3. Channel24, Rhythm City's Kop was once a hobo..., 26 November 2018
  4. Times LIVE, Kop takes to the road to keep his family together, 26 November 2018