Betty was born in 1962 in Loskop, Emangweni, in KwaZulu-Natal.
On leaving school, she worked as a domestic worker on a farm in the Champagne Valley, close to where the original Ardmore ‘Berg studio was started by Fée Halsted in the 1980s. She then worked building mud and daub houses near the town of Estcourt.
In 2002, Betty was introduced to Ardmore by sculptor, Nhlanhla Nsundwane, as a way to support her family of six children. She began her sculpting career in the ‘Berg studio under his mentorship.
When this studio closed in 2009, Betty was devastated. The following year she moved to the studio at Caversham and rejoined her Ardmore family.
Betty’s skills as a female sculptor are unusual at Ardmore, yet she has found her niche and excelled in the traditionally male-dominated sculpture studio.