Blow our own whistle? Toot our own horn? Ring our own bell? Never.

We’re far too modest for that. We like to leave that to our satisfied clients.

Now you’re making us blush…


I like to do peoples nails

I was received with warm hands

I have always known I wanted to be in the beauty industry

I chose BTI because of their standards

BTI Rivonia was one of the best decisions i have made

I chose BTI Rivonia

Life is a process of growing

What I like the most

What I love about BTI

Hi there! My name is Cataleya Ntsoaki Lekalakala and I’m a BTI RIVONIA STUDENT.


Firstly I would like to thank you all for making dreams a reality. BTI RIVONIA (Beauty Therapy Institution) made a huge difference in my life! Please keep on doing this heart-warming work!

Well, where do I start? My journey with BTI RIVONIA (Beauty Therapy Institution) started in April 2018 when I registered up to be a part of this awesome program and I felt as though this is what I would like to be part off from that day I realized that I’m helping myself in more ways than one. I felt a part of something special, something GREAT! And that felt fulfilling.

I was finally contacted the very same month April 2018 and I was over the moon knowing that there is someone that sees the potential in me of being a Nail Technology Student, and what an honorable feeling that was!!

I met so many people, some not seeing their faces but being part of the Beauty Institution and some that I saw that I befriended. My day finally approached of starting class and I remember feelings of joy and warmth that morning. I was met by the utmost friendliest Lecturers and Principal at the Institution and I was treated with care and to see them smiling and meaningful it was heart-warming! I felt good that day as I left BTI it filled me with joy and brought me so much closer to a dream of being a Nail Tech, I truly felt like one already, how absolutely proud I felt for myself being part of such an amazing school, but most of all, knowing that soon I will wake up one day being a Nail Tech & to see the smile on my face and my family. BTI RIVONIA (Beauty Therapy Institution) May God bless each and every one of you for the awesome work you do! And that is why I Love and chose the Institute.

All my Love, Cataleya, June 2018

Firstly I would like to thank you all for making dreams a reality

Dear Carmen

I am moving for good so unfortunately I wont be able to come back and complete my course. I would just like to let you know that I have had an amazing experience with the BTI team. I had the opportunity to learn from both D’miele and Nicole and I have to tell you that BTI has amazing lecturers. They were always very helpful, patient and really good at what they do. I will definitely recommend BTI! Please would you send my regards to D’miele and Nicole and thank them for me. It has been an absolute pleasure. Wishing you and the BTI team all the best.
Kind regards
Lourane Luis

Had an amazing experience with the BTI team

I am Moira Pretorius. I studied Holistic Swedish Massage, Anatomy and Physiology and Business Administration at BTI. I went beyond and did my ITEC exams in all mentioned. Thereafter i started my own business at home called Genesis Massage and made a lot of satisfied clients who are sad to see me go on the ships. I considered opening my own BTI to educate uneducated young women dedicated to brighten their future, but I got the interview with Steiner Leisure and totally gave the decision to God and trust Him. So I’m out on a journey to return even stronger and make more progress for my return. I certainly hope that when I’m back I can expand my salon into more options of service and use a product that will stand the test of times. But honestly, I have not for one day regretted starting to study at age 33 to educate myself. And BTI and Sandy Roy’s handbooks have made me the person i am today together with Kim, Michelle and Yolandi.

You all have inspired me.

BTI to educate uneducated young women dedicated to brighten their future

“The girls got to relax at the pampering station where three therapists from the Beauty Therapy Institute in Cape Town kindly volunteered to spend the morning giving the girls manicures and pedicures, and doing their make-up. The girls absolutely loved being able to choose their nail polish colours and helping to pick out their make-up looks for the day, complete with glitter sequins. Thank you to Gail Barnard, Principal of the Beauty Therapy Institute Cape Town, and the three amazing therapists, Radne Bezuidenhout, Kadija Kalale, Nomfundo Matinyane  who made the girls feel like real life beauty queens.”

Queen for a Day
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“Aggie was the very first citizen I employed when I started my Sorbet Waterstone journey.  And from the second I met her I knew she was going to be amazing.

Agz started working with me from the day I opened on the 31st October 2015. Aggie completed her studies with BTI in 2013/2014 and had just short of 2 years’ experience when she started with me.  She attended further training through Sorbet, Dermalogica, Environ, Lash Collection – and is currently a level 4 Therapist within Sorbet.  She is an EXPERT Dermalogica Skin Care therapist, about to become Masters at the end of August.  Agnes is my Top therapist in the store and will be a Level 5 therapist by December 2017.

She is fun, has a great sense of humour and is loved by the team, and is a great mentor to her citizens who they all look up to.

She is excellent at what she does, very professional with a great work ethic – our guests love her – she is fully booked most days with requests.

I believe that her studies at BTI is what gave Aggie the foundation and knowledge to become the great Beauty therapist that she is today.  She is an asset to my business and the entire team.”

She is fun, has a great sense of humour and is loved by the team
Agnes Kapalamula

“Beauty is my passion, I love making people feel good about themselves and gaining self-confidence. I chose BTI because it has flexibles hours that I can study anytime of the year. The level of professionalism at the school is very high. The environment is welcoming and appealing. Being thought by well qualified lecturers is a bonus. I look forward every morning to goto school and learn new things that are trending in the beauty industry. BTI is the best beauty institute I have ever met. The knowledge we acquire is exceptional. I could have never chosen any other beauty school.
I love BTI Rivonia.”

Beauty is my passion
Maureen M

“Studying further while living your dream!

Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t I started my studies in 2016 whilst I was building on my career in the Beauty Industry. It was a journey filled with challenges but it was totally worth it. They taught us how to build business’s with our hands, but most importantly to win clients with our hearts./ They not only teach us to build business’s with our hands but to win clients with our hearts. (I am not sure which phrase is better). Be EXTRA-ordinary! Love what you do!

Might “leave” the Beauty Therapy Institute but their legacy will live in my heart forever. “

Studying further while living your dream!

BTI Randburg gave me the opportunity to fulfil my goals.

After my studies, I will continue to educate myself with more courses. BTI motivated me to grow and improve my skills in this fast growing world of professional beauty.

BTI motivated me to grow and improve my skills

“Hi, my name is Pre and I am currently doing a Nail Technician course at the Beauty Therapy Institute in Mt Edgecombe, Durban.  It is an amazing place to study part time if you have a job or even full time. There is a wonderful faculty that is always readily available to help you with anything you need.

My classes are always educational as well as fun. BTI offers a wide range of courses and in fact, I plan on extending my horizons as soon as possible.

My teacher who is wonderful and very knowledgeable, teaches us new things all the time. We are a pretty small class at the moment and look forward to growing immensely as times passes by.”

I am currently doing a Nail Technician course at BTI

Dear Julia and Lucia


Thank you for the valuable opportunity to conduct my job shadow with you on 28, 29 and 30 June 2017.

It was very kind and helpful of you to take the time out of your demanding programmes to expose me to the real aspects of what life could be like working in the health, beauty, nails, skincare and complementary therapies industries.

Julia your 4 P’s (people skills, practical ability, patience and positivity) have really stuck with me. Thank you for all the effort you put into answering my questionnaire thoroughly and with so much useful information.

Lucia, I loved how you walked between the tables and how easily you were able to alternate between the content of the different modules in the various courses. Hopping form different massage techniques to teaching people the difference between using a milky cleanser and a gel cleanser was remarkable.

I was not fully aware of the anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics aspects of the theory section of this career. Who would have thought that I would need a Nurse’s dictionary while studying Beauty?

The experience of shadowing not only you, the Educators, but also the Learners, showed me how BTI is not only an educational institute but a happy learning enviroment where everyone shares knowledge, supports each other and works together as a family.

Once again, thank you for your enthusiams and the experience you shared so openly with me.


Yours sincerely

Catherine Rostin

Job shadow programme
Rhenish Girls High 2017 - Catherine Rostin

“Not knowing what to expect from the working world as a therapist studying the Cruise Ship Course was a great way to introduced me. The teachers at BTI are very helpful and have a great supporting system. It took many hours of studying and hard work to complete the course but with the help of my lectures we all improved on our working skills, team work and confidence. I can only compliment BTI on the excellent knowledge and training I’ve received in the beauty industry. The course has opened tremendous doors and gave me working opportunities others could only dream of. Knowing that I can always go back to upgrade my skills or even for professional advice, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I am beyond thankful”.

The teachers at BTI are very helpful and have a great supporting system
Chane Preston

“Studying at beauty therapist institute has been an amazing experience. They helped me  build my dreams and always motivated me to achieve my goals. I’ve learned so much during my 2 years of studying, not only practical and theory but also how to love yourself and others. I am thankful for all they have done for me. I would not be a successful therapist if they had not offered the building blocks for my future”.

Studying at beauty therapist institute has been an amazing experience
Angelique Jansen Van Nieuwenhuizen



Dear Julia

Please accept our gratitude for supporting and partnering with the Youth@Work program, by providing our participant with an internship opportunity, which has allowed them to have a sense of idea and direction of the career choice they have chosen. Thank you for opening your doors and giving them the space to explorer and learn. We look forward to doing more work of this nature with you in the coming year and future.

On behalf of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Please accept our gratitude for supporting and partnering with the Youth@Work program
Razaan Bailey Program Manager

I am Tiffany Sissing, and I am a student at the Beauty Therapy Institute, Somerset West.

As I was growing up, I knew that I wanted to study further after I had finished school; I was just unsure about what I wanted to study. Throughout my high school years, I discovered that sitting behind a computer is not what I am destined to do; I need to be practical, do something with my hands, make people happy and feel good about themselves. In the meantime, I explored my options of practical institutes, and came across BTI. I enquired about the courses, prices and about the college in general. This was the perfect option for me, with my mom being a single parent and not being able to afford a university or any other private institutes. This was great, as modular courses are offered here and can be paid as you do a module at a time which really helps, as you can save for one module while doing another.

When I decided that this was what I wanted to study, I chose to do the Beauty Specialist Diploma; I started with one module, and then saved up for the next. After completing two modules, I was blessed with the funds for the rest of the course. This was such an amazing blessing as I did not know where the rest of the money would come from for the next few modules. Now as my course is paid in full, I can still do one module at a time, or even do more than one at a time. However, seeing all the courses and modules offered at BTI, I was really interested in the NSI Nail Technology course. I know that this is a popular treatment and made this my next goal as soon as my mom could afford it. During the year it has come to my attention that this very course was the prize in a lucky draw, and I thought to myself, this is mine; it is meant for me. Since that very day, I told my family and they believed with me and we made it a praying matter, as this course is the desire of my heart, they knew how important it was to me. After the charity day that took place at BTI, Somerset West (I completely forgot about the luck draw) my phone rang, and it was Julia. Not even realizing, I answered the call. Only then it hit me why she was calling me. The moment just brought tears to my eyes and a smile from ear to ear. My prayer had been answered! This was truly a miracle. I am ecstatic to start this course, and I feel blessed and privileged to do it.

My experience at the Beauty Therapy Institute has been wonderful so far. The times are flexible, so I am able to do another passion of mine; dancing, which takes up most of my time during the afternoon and evening but I am able to work around it. The lecturers are great, they are helpful when needed , I am never push down, they always build you up and they make you feel at home. It is an amazing environment and the atmosphere is always pleasant, creating such a good vibe to work in. I could not have asked for a better place than this one to study further.


I love BTI!!

My experience at the Beauty Therapy Institute has been wonderful so far

“Am very proud… on myself I passed my make-up course, And i just want to thank my mother Carmen Louw for everything and for all the support she has give to me.. And i also want to thank the other people that also support me by being my clients… And I also want to say thanks to the ones that also supported me not to give up. And also big thank to Lindi Lourens she very good teacher if it was not for her I would have done it by myself… And to other student am very proud you guys…. it was very nice to have meeted you guys….”

…. it was very nice to have meeted you guys
Sonja louw WALVIS BAY student

“Hi Sam, Dee and Cam. I just want to thank you guys for picking me up when I had no idea about nails. If it wasn’t for your patience I wouldn’t have received a certificate on Wednesday. Thank you for your support and the love to share your knowledge with me. Thank you so much. For this I will forever be grateful. Please keep the good work up”

Thank you guys for picking me up when I had no idea about nails

On behalf of Choices I would like to thank you very much for organizing a pamper day, and receiving all the donations for Choices.

We are thrilled with all the wonderful donations.

We appreciate your support.

Thank you.

Choices Crisis Pregnancy Counselling and Helderberg Baby Saver. 1 charity with 2 purposes.
Heather Boyce

“Beauty Therapy Institute – Somerset west

The beauty therapy institute,Somerset West is a very homey, well organised college with more than 40 different part time modules. The classroom is well equipped for all its students,well managed and kept clean at all times. The students are always in excellent hands. The highly qualified educators  thrive to make each and every student feel comfortable and at ease. They are always available for any questions and/or advice. The Beauty Therapy Institute is not just a college but a family.There is always new and exciting courses being taught. The teachers aswell as the students work as a team to achieve a positive and successful outcome. Students are motivated and encouraged on a daily basis. I couldn’t have asked for a better college in my 4 years of training. I’m always impressed with the way the educators conduct the lessons as each lesson in trained in depth. The BTI changed my view on what a successful college should be. I am always excited to go to class as it is a pleasure to be present in such a warm,welcoming environment “

Warm, Welcoming Environment

“I have been a part time student at BTI Somerset West since October 2013. I am currently finishing my Beauty Specialist Level 2 Diploma. While studying at BTI I am also currently working at a Spa which is amazing as you can study and work at the same time, which gives you more experience.

With two lecturers that are so passionate for this industry it is hard not to love every moment of it. Julia and Lucia is truly the best at what they do.

BTI Somerset West is more than just a college that you come to everyday, it is family. I would recommend BTI Somerset West to any and all aspiring therapists out there as choosing to study at BTI Somerset West was one of the best decisions I have made in my life as you get the best from the best so that you can be the best therapist you can be.”

Amazing as you can study and work at the same time
Yolandi Burmeister

“Thank you for the pedicure course, and your professional environment, it was good to be back in a business environment and I really enjoyed being with you. I wondered at one stage how I would feel with a group of young people but I was not concerned at all. It was good for me to study after a very long time and I am now excited about what will happen next. Thank you Julia.”

Thank you for the pedicure course, and your professional environment
Marilyn Prinsloo - May 2013