Or­di­nary shack turned into lux­ury spa

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

Thaini Masakane has made a name for her­self by trans­form­ing a shack into a beauty spa. Based in Bot­sha­belo in the Free State, her busi­ness, Vic­tory Body and Nail Stu­dio, is grow­ing in leaps and bounds and is at­tract­ing peo­ple from all over who ar­rive for some pam­per­ing.

Hav­ing sold Tup­per­ware at the age of 19, the 28-year-old said she’s al­ways been pas­sion­ate about run­ning her own busi­ness and is glad to have em­barked on this jour­ney.

“I ini­tially started out work­ing for some­one in the in­dus­try and that’s where I got the ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said, adding that she stud­ied cos­me­tol­ogy at Bloem­fontein’s Motheo TVET Col­lege. Even­tu­ally she was ready to branch out on her own and has not looked back since. Her busi­ness fills a mar­ket gap in Bot­sha­belo and she has a grow­ing and loyal client base. Man­i­cures, pedi­cures, mas­sages, wax­ing and fa­cials are of­fered.

Pho­tos that she posted on so­cial me­dia of her pretty spa-in-a-shack went vi­ral re­cently, with peo­ple prais­ing Masakane’s in­no­va­tion and say­ing she is an in­spi­ra­tion to town­ship girls. Housed in a shiny new cor­ru­gated iron shack that looks quite or­di­nary from the out­side, the spa has a lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior that is per­fect for pam­per­ing.

“The re­sponse I got blew my mind. I am still in awe and shocked. I am re­ally hum­bled by the pos­i­tive sup­port I got from my com­mu­nity and even peo­ple out­side the Free State.”

Masakane is an or­phan and was raised by her aunt who owned a poul­try busi­ness and also sold sweets, cakes and peanuts: a clear in­di­ca­tion that en­trepreneur­ship runs in the fam­ily.

“My ul­ti­mate dream is to see my busi­ness grow into an em­pire that will be able to cre­ate jobs for the job­less and give young peo­ple hope that you can make it in life if you set your mind to it,” said Masakane.

She said her fo­cus now is on grow­ing her busi­ness by get­ting more train­ing so she can ex­tend the range of ser­vices of­fered.

Thaini Masakane took so­cial me­dia by storm by not al­low­ing her cir­cum­stances to de­fine her and is build­ing her dream.

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