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TVET graduate-turned-businesswoman is confident her salon is a cut above the rest

By TVET Website

Date: 30/01/2020

Sue-Kelly Maneveld was born 37 years ago in Athlone, on the Cape Flats.

Sue-Kelly is the middle-child in her family and began school at Belthorn Primary before completing her secondary school education at Alexander Sinton High. She lost her father when she was only 9-years old and her mother struggled to make ends meet. So Sue-Kelly began working at a hair salon at the age of 12. After matric, she enrolled at the College of Cape Town TVET, Athlone Campus. She excelled in all fields receiving accolades for outstanding achievement in all sectors of hair and beauty.

“From my experience, TVET Colleges offer teaching and learning at a very practical level, so immediately after you graduate you can put your skills to action, either by becoming self-employed or work for a company,” said Sue-Kelly.

After graduating, she began work as a hairdresser but lost her job a short while later. She called every salon in the Yellow Pages until she found employment as a hairdresser. She then began advertising her own salon “Be-Dazzle” where she worked afterhours. And at the age of 21, she officially started her own business.

Her passion is making people smile, “I chose hairdressing as a career as I love helping people and what better way to empower them through the hair and beauty industry. I give women and men the confidence to fulfill their dreams. Beauty gives the ordinary person the courage to achieve more in life.”

Recognised for her talent, Sue-Kelly also gives back to the community through charity work for care homes and shelters for domestic abuse survivors. Her motto in life is: “Do everything to the best of your ability!”

Sue-Kelly believes self-actualisation comes from reaching your potential. She’s heading in that direction and is now studying law through Unisa.

“I am proud to say that I studied at the College of Cape Town TVET,” said Sue-Kelly.