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Equipping women with skills, Tongaat spa lends a (manicured) hand

Priscilla Chamane and Zanele Green-Thompson who run a beauty spa took the initiative of giving basic training to those who want to work in the beauty industry, free of charge.

Tongaat residents Priscilla Chamane and Zanele Green-Thompson who run a beauty spa, Ubuhle Bendalo Boutique Spa in Tongaat, took the initiative of giving basic training to those who want to work in the beauty industry, free of charge.

The sisters said the number of people who apply for a single job at their business made them realise that while they cannot employ everyone, they can pass the knowledge to those who need it the most. 

They started this last year December and within 10 months they have trained over 30 young women, most of them from rural areas and townships.

“It is heartbreaking to see more than 30 people lining up for just one position and we cannot take all of them. So instead of letting them all go empty-handed, we give them the necessary training that can help them get a job at another business,” said Zanele.

The two sisters Priscilla Chamane and Zanele Green-Thompson are the wproud owners of Ubuhle Bendalo Boutique Spa in Tongaat.

She said some women choose to open their own small businesses by renting a chair at a hair salon or doing nails at a salon. 

“Going for professional training is expensive and most of the women cannot afford it. So we see that they are capable by giving them free training on how to do nails or massage.

If they do well we give them a recommendation letter that will help them when applying for jobs,” said Priscilla.

Chamane is a former teacher who gave up her career in search of a new start, while her sister Zanele dusted off her fashion design diploma seeing both join hands to start their business.

“While I was studying, I used to work at the beauty section at Edgars and that is where I learnt a lot about makeup and facial care,” said Chamane.

The two have 11 employees and due to lockdown they had to close down their second branch in Tongaat.

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