Ithumeleng Khalushi is 28, from Lenasia in Johannesburg and matriculated in 2001. She is single, Setstwana and English speaking and describes herself as mature, responsible and reliable.
After matriculating Thumi attended a 1-year diploma course at the Face-to-Face Beauty and Make-up College in Johannesburg and then started to look for formal employment. Despite her efforts she has yet to land a 'formal' job, she has kept her basic skills in the field up by practicing on her friends, family and community, and keeps an constant eye on newspapers, magazines and the Internet applying for any job that would allow her to work in her chosen field.
At 24 years old, she matriculated from Sacred Heart in 2005 and went on to do a BCom Marketing degree with UNISA, which is still underway. She has actively been seeking employment in the marketing and sales environment since her matriculation, but has had very little success to date and has taken on part-time work including working as an au pair to make ends meet and to assist in funding her studies.