Zanele Ngwenya( also known as Dj Lady Zee) is a Hairstylist and nail technician with a deep passion for music. Zanele started her music career around 2009 as a commercial Deejay. Despite being set for a music career, she started a beauty and care business, Tobetsa Hair and Cosmetics Lifestyle. Her business is a mobile salon that offers easy access and flexibility. Now clients don’t travel and wait in long queues, Tobetsa Hair and Cosmetics Lifestyle brings a salon to them.
If there is one thing growing up in Tembisa taught Zanele is, you need to rise above your challenges. There are obstacles that black women running businesses in townships often face. Zanele says she was lucky to get support from her mother.
“The business was funded by my mother when she noticed that I loved doing nails and weaves for my friends but I did not have materials. She decided to buy me nails equipment and material to enable me to start freestyling and trying new ideas, as the time went by I started getting bookings from family, friends and more clients started coming and requesting my services,” Zanele told the Olifants News.
“We are very proud of our work as we make people feel good about themselves and we restore their confidence because when you look good you feel good. The main aim and objective of our business are to make all women see their beauty in different ways and at the most affordable prices,” says Zanele.
So far Zanele uses Youtube to learn more techniques and styles. She says if it wasn’t for lack of finances, she would love to go to school to get in-depth knowledge about her business.
“I learned a lot although it was hard at times. I learned to stay positive and best with the little I have. God has always been there during the dark days and all challenges. I am what I am today because of my passion and talent,” she says.
Zanele’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to always be positive and avoid negative vibes from people who never do anything for themselves.