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.
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.
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…
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!
Ever heard of Clothes by Christine? Bet you haven’t, so remember you heard it here first! Christine is a domestic worker by day and designer/tailor extraordinaire by night. She’s also her very own model, in more ways than one. The ladies interview her and uncover a business sensibility that could school the likes of Valentino. Check out her story and get your orders now before she takes the stage in Milan!
Julie, much like her employer Penny, is a national asset – or what socio-business analysts might term a return on human investment (R.O.H.I. – it’s totally a thing…). She is the classic example of the benefits that accrue from treating our domestic workers as partners and equals. This is an instructive podcast for anyone looking to understand and unleash the power in their professio-personal (haha, that too is a thing) relationships.
The Ma(i)de Model unleashes the most underestimated in a society by harnessing the ironic yet insane power of silence, invisibility, and obscurity. We run quite a few pioneering ventures that awaken historically unheard voices whilst elevating them to their rightful place in our social and economic order. As a third party common to all South African realities, domestic workers in particular provide us a powerful lens to navigate the most uncharted territory. Our inquiries are not limited to any single medium: they range from broadcasting, to economics, to fashion, to architecture, to storytelling, and so much more.
Not uninspired by Her Majesty of talk, Oprah Winfrey, the ladies kick off 2017 with lessons learnt from their favourite shows of 2016. These may look and sound like New Year’s resolutions but that’s just a coincidence…Oprah would NEVER make everyman New Year’s Resolutions…only timeless pearls of wisdom.
The Ma(i)de Sessions hosts explore architecture’s social and psychological properties and the impact that it has on domestic workers in South Africa, i.e. how does physical space affect our head-space? South Africa’s history in particular is a prime example of how space has been used to segregate, oppress, exploit, and to monopolise power – this was the architecture of Apartheid. This phenomenon can still be mapped on varying scales, down to our very own homes. Who better than our very own Tuliza, architect extraordinaire, to help us understand our social blueprint through 6 key lenses.
Do you know the difference between the au pair industry and the domestic work industry? The origin might surprise you, but it will really clarify the dynamics. Our resident au pair Mbali is interviewed to uncover the real and perceived differences between such similar roles, as well as what created it. Self-reflection is the order of the day. Take a listen. Image: moonassi