Pretoria Woman Slays As Nail Technician, Painter and Tiler After Being Unable to Complete Her Studies

Pretoria Woman Slays As Nail Technician, Painter and Tiler After Being Unable to Complete Her Studies

  • One young lady from Pretoria is striving hard with various business endeavours after being unable to finish her studies
  • The 26-year-old is the true definition of a hustler and grinds hard as a painter, tiler, and nail technician
  • Talking to Briefly News, Thandolwethu Badeline Mamba notes that she dreams of expanding her various businesses while teaching other young people the skills she has

A hard-working woman from Mamelodi East in Pretoria is hustling hard for success after her educational pursuits were shattered due to financial constraints.

Pretoria lady has a nail salon and works as a painter and tiler after she could not finish her studies
Thandolwethu Badeline Mamba is a talented painter, tiler, and nail technician who started her business after she was unable to complete her studies. Image: Supplied.
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Thandolwethu Badeline Mamba is a triple threat and runs a nail salon from home while also functioning as a painter and tiler – two jobs that were mainly considered to be dominated by males.

Briefly News chatted with the young lady, who shared how her journey to being an entrepreneur began.

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Pretoria nail technician forced to give up studies and start business

Thandolwethu was initially interested in media and marketing before she started her business. She explains how her nail salon began:

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“I matriculated in 2016 and in 2017 I went to Boston City College to study media. However, because of financial issues, I couldn’t finish.”
“In 2019, I went to study marketing at Richfield College, but I couldn’t complete that too because of finances.”

Budding nail technician never gave up on dream of being successful

Thandolwethu then decided to complete a short course to gain skills she could use to make money:

“In 2021, I went to Tee Nail Studio. That’s where I learned the skills I needed. The course took five days to complete. After receiving my certificate, I immediately started doing nails for free, and that’s how my journey began.”

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“I also do hair, and sell popcorn, cookies, and accessories.”

However, the 26-year-old struggled to get the business off the ground, and that’s when she immersed herself in DIY:

“I went through videos on TikTok and YouTube to see how they do these things. Then I bought materials and started tiling my salon.
“I then decided to perfect my skill and tiled two boys’ rooms at home and that’s how my tiling and painting journey began.”

Woman who paints and tiles shares future aspirations

Thandolwethu has big dreams for the future:

"I want to open different branches [of my nail technician business] at various locations and employ people. I [also] want to teach people how to do nails, tile, and paint."

The entrepreneur wants to impart her skills to the youth:

“I want to take kids from the ages of 13 to 18 and teach them how to do nails.

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“I want them to grow with a skill that nobody will ever take away from them. Even if things don’t go as planned in life, at least they will have something to fall back on.”

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In another food-related story, Briefly News wrote about a dedicated lady in Johannesburg with a dumpling business who has left many people inspired by her craft.

Talking to Briefly News, Metse Petunia Thebe said that although she has a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia and a National Diploma in Fine Arts, food has always been her passion.

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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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