Thandeka Shabalala

Thandeka Shabalala was born 16 September 1987 in the Drakensberg area.

Her mother, Mavis Shabalala painted at Ardmore for many years and her brother, Alex also works at Ardmore.

She attended Mountain View Primary School and Sizathina High School.

After finishing high school, Thandeka’s dream was to join Ardmore. She says that she loved watchng her mum paint and wished to follow in her footsteps.

In 2010, Thandeka starting working as a housekeeper near Ardmore in Caversham. She visited her aunt, Punch Shabala, who on weekends taught her niece how to paint. Thandeka starting painting at Ardmore in 2014.

Thandeka sits next to her aunt and has the same flair for intricate patterning.