What might South Africa look like if ‘help’ was re-envisioned? Tuliza takes it a step further with a news broadcast from 2074. Fifty bucks says you push replay… more than once!

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Is hope a sellable product? Is it a skill? Is it both? Either way, some seem to have it and some don’t. Better yet, some seem to know how to use it, while others don’t know where to begin to find it. So people sell it to us in the form of motivational speaking, like Tony Robbins. You can’t even really map who will have it and who won’t. Sometimes hardship triggers it and sometimes it’s from a belief that your life is worth more than what your comforts can offer. Either way, Bridget Moema has it in bucket loads and so does her protégé, 2017’s Miss Inspire SA Teen 2nd Princess Letlotlo Matabane. You might want to buy what they’re selling. A mouthful I know, but a worthwhile mouthful at that.

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What does your domestic worker know about you that nobody else does? A slightly awkward question for us all, no doubt, but we recently asked it to a large group of 14-year old boys at St. John’s College… and truly remarkable things happened. We’ve invited their teacher Lizzy to chat about what went down.

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The ladies FINALLY chat to the three UJ students who were chosen as the winners for the redesign of the domestic worker uniform for Ma(i)de’s ReDress Project. They share the philosophy behind their design as well as how profoundly this process has enriched the ways they practice as SA fashion designers. One step for domestic workers and a leap for three young fashion minds.

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Our dear Tuliza Sindi has never had help. Everrrrr(ish). And yet she’s alive and well to tell the tale. To many this may sound a not-so-small miracle. Right?!? How on earth did she do it? A combination of boys and neighbours apparently, and some healthy childhood… mechanisation. A fascinating journey, which in many ways has made her far better at ‘lifeing’ (living 2.0) than most of us.

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Would you respond to a job ad that required you to smell ‘nice’, bath twice a day, be free of illness, and hand over your passport? How exactly do you screen someone’s bath times anyway? What is this cryptic illness? And, isn’t it called trafficking when you take away someone’s travel documents? What the hell is going on here? Find out…

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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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