Mpumalanga Educator with Passion for Interior Decor Makes Beautiful Furniture and Headboards by Hand

Mpumalanga Educator with Passion for Interior Decor Makes Beautiful Furniture and Headboards by Hand

  • One multitalented teacher in Mpumalanga who loves interior decor is not afraid of hard work
  • The 33-year-old has a side hustle, which involves her making headboards and other furniture pieces by hand
  • Talking to Briefly News, Nonkululeko Mabuza shares what inspired her about furniture-making and reflects on her future aspirations

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A teacher from Barberton in Mpumalanga town is thriving with her business, making furniture and headboards as a side hustle.

Nonkululeko Mabuza is a teacher in Mpumalanga
Nonkululeko Mabuza is a teacher who has a business where she makes headboards and other furniture items. Image: Nonkululeko Mabuza/Facebook and Supplied.
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Briefly News previously wrote about Nonkululeko Mabuza being lauded in a Facebook post by Kasi Economy, with Netizens impressed with her skills and diversification of talents.

In an exclusive interview with Briefly News, the 33-year-old shares more about her work.

Talented Mpumalanga teacher makes stylish headboards

Nonkululeko, who holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Pretoria, reflects on why she started making headboards and other pieces:

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“I love interior decor. When I couldn't find the kind of furniture that I wanted, I realised there was a gap in the market.
"I definitely wasn't the only person who needed custom-made furniture and then I grabbed the opportunity. I went for training and I started the business.”

The skilled woman received training from the Morentho Institute of South Africa, where she was trained in the art of making furniture.

Educator who makes headboards also crafts furniture pieces

Nonkululeko talks about some of the pieces her business, called Extraordinaire Designs, markets:

“We make home and office furniture, such as tables, chairs, couches, headboards, bases, and TV stands.”

Remarking on the challenges she faces with her enterprise, the dedicated businesswoman shares that power cuts greatly affect her:

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“The biggest challenge we face right now is loadsheading, with stages four to six slowing down production. We fail to meet deadlines because most days, we have electricity only half the day."

The furniture-maker opens up about her future ambitions

The entrepreneur and educator shares some of her biggest dreams, noting that the growth of her business is important:

"[I want to] become the biggest furniture supplier in the country, supplying a number of stores across South Africa."

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In another inspiring story, Briefly News reported on a creative mother residing in Johannesburg who has a talent for DIY and inspires peeps on social media with her woodwork skills.

The lovely lady has a business teaching people to make furniture and has garnered a massive following on social media.

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Kauthar Gool (Women Empowerment Editor) Kauthar Gool has been the Women Empowerment Editor at Briefly News since 2022. She holds a Master of Public Relations and Communication Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) (2022) and a Bachelor of Technology in Journalism from CPUT (2019). She has worked at the Fundza Literacy Trust, ITWeb, YOU Magazine, and Cape Argus. She is currently furthering her education in journalism at Stellenbosch University. Reach her at:

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