Thando was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1979. She is is Zandile’s full sister and Induna’s half sister. (Thembani, an Ubuhle beader who passed away, was also Thando’s full sister.)
Thando has recently taken charge of the Ubuhle shop, a place where the artists can sell jewelry and smaller beaded panels as a means of earning a steady monthly income. In charge of the shop books, she also keeps track of the supply of beads.
These beads are ordered from cards produced by the glass bead manufactures in the Czech Republic; the acquisitions process has not changed greatly since the height of the bead trade to southern Africa in the late 19th century.