She attended Manthata Tribal School and was taught by Mrs B Matsha. She did standard one to four at a farm school in Joppa and standard five and six at Botlokwa Primary. She attended high school at Mokomene School and then went for teacher training at Mokopane. She taught for 10 years at home and in 1974 moved to Soweto where she taught until she retired in 1997.
She is also known for her Sepedi drama television roles as Mma-Nkosheng in the TV3 series Bophelo ke Semphekgo (1990s). Lydia joined Skeem Saam in 2011 and played a role of Koko Mantsha.