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Unemployed engineering graduate opens own beauty salon

News - Date: 15 November 2021

Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 874


A graduate in chemical engineering, Seraphia Tshavhungwe, is a true example of a person who does not wait for things to happen but makes them happen, even if this means exploring other avenues.

As an academic who has never been employed, Sera, as she is commonly known by the locals, never gave up on trying to find some way of generating an income and making a success of herself.

She came up with the idea of establishing her own beauty salon – right there at her place of birth, Ngovhela Tshirembe. She opened the Samaritan Beauty Salon, which she runs from the garage of her late father’s house. Her beauty practice saves locals, who would normally travel as far as Thohoyandou to maintain their appearance, on expensive taxi fares.

“I saw an opportunity to not only start my own business, but to actually save my fellow beauty enthusiasts money. Opening the salon is a dream come true for me,” said Sera.

She usually looks up the latest styles and trends on YouTube, such as the ‘fourth industrial evolution revolution’ that is currently the hottest topic in fashion. However, her main focus remains doing manicures.

“My mother has been very supportive of my growing business, and most importantly, my regular and reliable customers who believe in my abilities,” she said.

The self-taught beautician is optimistic that her business is destined for even bigger endeavours and that it will continue to grow and serve the community.


From humble beginnings. Chemical engineering graduate Seraphia Tshavhungwe took it upon herself to establish a beauty salon in her village. Photo supplied.



Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.


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