On some days, Nkuli Mlangeni’s mornings start aboard a flight on her way back to South Africa after an in-and-out trip to a European country. On others, she sits in a Siyaya taxi from the Noord rank to get to a meeting in Bryanston, balancing a suitcase full of fresh merchandise on her lap.

Today, she sits wrapped up in a fleece blanket to shield her from the harsh cold of the Karoo — making time for a telephonic interview before attending a skills exchange workshop — and nursing a slight cold.

To balance her double-double life — as an entrepreneur and a student of the arts, while helping to cultivate skills in others — the concept of a fixed daily routine has become fictitious for the 36-year-old creative. Read more