Nthabiseng Thabethe is only 30 years old, but she knows the rough side of business. Thabethe says she cut her teeth in small business when she realised what it is like to pay rent for three months with no income. She needed a massage and spa pampering after this induction, and is now reaping the benefits as owner of the Chi Spa. Chi has picked up a steady client base and her business is supported by the Umsobomvu Youth Fund. She is from the Mogoba people in Ventersdorp, who were forcefully removed under apartheid and were among the first recipients of land restitution. She counts the receipt of their title deeds as a seminal moment. Thabethe has worked for a number of companies, including FNB, Transnet, RMB, Anglo-Platinum and Vodacom. The spa keeps her busy for six days a week, but she spends her spare time with her child. She also enjoys reading, horseriding, movies and entertaining.

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