MJ Maponya bio


Jonathan Maponya (born c. 1992), popularly addressed as MJ Maponya, is a multi-faceted South African television personality. Television viewers know him for appearing on the reality television series Tropical Island.

MJ is also a well-known fitness trainer with his sessions on social media. His smooth dark skin has gotten him a lot of followers too. Do you want to know who MJ Maponya is dating? Read on.

MJ Maponya
MJ Maponya biography
Jonathan Maponya is a multi-faceted South African TV personality.
Quick Facts
Name:Jonathan Maponya
Other Names:MJ Maponya
Born:1992 (age 30 years old)
Place of Birth:Mamelodi, Tshwane, South Africa
Nationality:South Affrican
Partner:Nthabiseng Mphago
Occupation:Fitness trainer, television personality
Net WorthUS$50,000

Early Life

MJ Maponya was born Jonathan Maponya in 1992 in South Africa. He comes from Mamelodi in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. His mother was his biggest fan and supported him in the formative days of his career. 

Jonathan says his mother would be happy to know of his appearance in the popular reality TV series Tropical Island. 


Jonathan has not disclosed his primary and high school education to The Saga.


MJ Maponya is prominent for appearing in the broadcast reality show Temptation Island. His role in the dating show brought him a huge fan base and following.

MJ was also part of the Moja Love show The Way Ngingakhona. His partner on Temptation Island is Nthabiseng Mphago. The show airs on Showmax.

Private Life

Jonathan Maponya is a prominent personality from Mamelodi. The 30-year-old lost his mother, who he says was his biggest fan. She was all he had and supported him to where he is today. She died in July 2021 after a long time of illness.

Many want to know about his sexuality, but MJ Maponya doesn’t hold back. He made it open that he is bisexual. He is dating the beautiful Nthabiseng Mphago, who joined him in the show to sort out their insecurities. He is a father, and his son’s name is Moshîbudi Jayden.

Jonathan is a Christian and believes in God.

Social Media

MJ Maponya has profiles on many platforms where he carries followers along on his fitness journey. He also shares personal pictures and works. His son also has a social media account.

His account on Instagram @fitbuddy_sa has over 30k followers with hundreds of posts. 

Net worth

Over the years, MJ Maponya has garnered a fortune in the entertainment and fitness scene. 

With decent years of experience, he is constantly growing his financial strength. He has an estimated net worth of US$50,000 as of June 2022.

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