Where is the intersection between work and leisure? In a recent Twitter faux pas on the ‘therapeutic value’ of domestic work… we think Miss Elana Afrika may have gotten ummm… lost in Twanslation. Join us as we try to map her route and leave a few breadcrumbs along the way.

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It’s one thing to want to pursue a career you can get a degree in that your parents don’t quite approve of, like art history or theatre arts. It’s no coincidence that both of those examples have the word ‘art’ in it. Now imagine explaining to your parents that you want to get paid to be yourself; you want to make being yourself a career; a creative career. Imagine that those parents are poor, like below the poverty line poor, and their longing wish is for you to become a lawyer or doctor, you know, something far more credible and financially viable…

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The Ma(i)de ReDRESS event, in collaboration with Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the University of Johannesburg, prompted a discussion around the frightfully and excitingly powerful capacity for clothing to advance human thinking and behaviour…

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Urban design is, simply put, about public space: the spaces that we share. What we are comfortable to share is a reflection of the type of people that we are. Others learn about us through our public spaces. Apartheid spatial planning designed hostile and exclusive public spaces. The only thing that was exempt from that planning was domestic workers. Only domestic workers were allowed to be in areas where their race was banned. That role was the only glitch in a perfect design. You’d be surprised what that glitch has managed to do to our city growth in what was our very carefully designed separation.

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To extend the International Women’s Day celebrations from yesterday, The Ma(i)de Sessions dug up some good ol’ inspiring moments of womanhood throughout the shows to date and as you can imagine, there are plenty! The ladies have somehow managed to narrow it down to 5 moments; 5 whole moments that’s sure to remind you that womanhood is just a beautiful thing. Happy. Truly. Enjoy.

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Innocent and Koketso are 21 year old twins. They have only known each other for a month. Innocent, a boy, lived with their mother and Koketso, a girl, lived with their father, with only one of them aware that the other exists. Innocent was told that his father had died. Koketso was told that she had other siblings and not much else. This Khumbulekhaya-inspired episode takes us on a journey to uncover this ever-present South African condition of the engineered broken home.

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Nigel “the white guy they don’t want you to know about” Branken discusses how he got to pay a living wage, rather than the minimum wage to his then domestic worker, Loice. He helps us understand how this is no small feat, by tying into what we’ve come to know as our very networked economic machine.

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The ladies round up their impressions on The Help – the movie that tracks the journey of Skeeter, a young white female writer determined to write something meaningful with the courageous black maids in her town of Jackson, Mississippi in 1962.

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Over the next two weeks the ladies review The Help, a 2011 American film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film and novel recount the story of young white woman and aspiring journalist Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan. The story focuses on her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights era in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi…

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Lebo didn’t matriculate with her class at age 18. Among other things, she fell pregnant and had to get her hustle on to support her child. This saw her leave her home in Limpopo to become a domestic worker in Johannesburg… which didn’t last for long because she has always had lofty dreams, which include Forbes Magazine spreads and sports cars. This is why at age 26, she has decided to pry her matric certificate out of adversity’s cold, dead hands. We could all take a page out of her book of hustle!

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