Born in Kimberley, Thebeetsile Kgosi Ikalafeng (b. 15 July 1966) is the eldest son of Mirriam Finger, nee Ikalafeng, a career nurse, the daughter of Frans Mediole Ikalafeng and Regina Dikalabua Ikalafeng, nee Jabari. Mediole (1914 – 1996) of Bakwena heritage, was born and raised in Molepolole, Botswana, and emigrated to South Africa in 1933. Dikalabua (1919 – 1992) of Batlhaping heritage, was born and raised in Taung, North West, South Africa. The first grandchild of Mediole and Dikalabua, he was named Thebeetsile, which in Setswana means, the shield (Thebe) has arrived (-etsile), anointing him as the one to protect and elevate the Ikalafeng name for future generations. While his mother had wished his name would be Kgosi, bu this grandmother, prevailed with Thebeetsile. He has two sisters, Dr. Keromamang Bridget Ikalafeng (b. 18 May 1971) and Galebotse Regina Finger (b. 30 November 1977) and a brother, Montshiwa Kgosiemang Herbert Finger (b. 3 January 1974).