Felicia and Amanda had very different upbringings. Where their lives intersected was not just through domestic work, but also their deep mutual love for animals of the domesticated kind. Although sometimes a horror story between domestic worker and family pet, this dynamic duo helps us explore the source of their common love for these creatures of nurture through Lulu and Frankie’s biltong and teeth brushing habits.
Do you know how to make a baby bottle? Wash a dog? Mow the lawn? Discipline a child that is not yours? We start today with the first of The Interview Series, where we will conduct less-than-conventional interviews on behalf of a high profile ‘madam’ in search of a perfect fit. Mfundo kicks it off with some kasi insights on all things domestic and helps us answer the age old question: what is the right way to wash and stack dishes?!
Sometimes professions turn into family legacies; this isn’t always a good thing. We’ve found that most of the women we’ve spoken to have found themselves in their jobs by accident, one usually brokered by a third party (most often a family member). Like many domestic workers, Linda inherited her job from her mother who passed when she was just 16. Tonight, we explore with her and her son, Hope, a slew of events and conflicting feelings as well as a little baby vomit.
The ladies reflect on their journey so far. It’s certainly been a whirlwind. They share some of the lessons they’ve learnt about forgiveness, stigma, and the art of guerrilla warfare.
Sometimes seemingly simple conversations can become hard. Often we find ourselves talking AT each other rather than TO each other; in an effort to be heard. Our conversation with Stima unfolded in this fashion. She expelled her thoughts under the topic of ‘money and power’; an ever-so-present and prevalent force in the silencing of domestic workers like her. No irony there.
The ladies reflect on last week’s parody show, Your Bantu Servant and You. They try to figure out what parts of this whacky document by the Department of Non-European Affairs of 1962 are fact or fiction in present day South Africa. They also introduce us to an official open letter published by the domestic workers of the Ma(i)de Sessions this week titled, ‘Dear Madam’.
This broadcast has been prepared by the Department of Non-European Affairs in hopes that it will help you in your day to day dealings with your Bantu servant. Remember ladies, never appear in front of your male servants in a state of undress! This and more in a Ma(i)de Sessions feature, hot off the 1962 press!
What if you left the country on a holiday to visit your spouse who was working in Zimbabwe to feed your family? What if suddenly you couldn’t come back home and had to leave your kids in the care of their grandparents in a South Africa that was being run into the ground by Jacob Zuma, who had become a lunatic dictator out to crush all opposition and get revenge on the whites? How about if the only work you could get in Zimbabwe was as an undocumented domestic worker or builder? Sound surreal? Not so much! This is exactly the reality of our guest Sibahle and many a Zimbabwean immigrant living amongst us. Join the Ma(i)de Sessions and Zim Conversations for a surprisingly breakthrough podcast which brings to light much of what South Africans take for granted.
Amanda is a white South African whose earliest memories of domestic work are from the dark (or rather white) ages of Apartheid. She talks us through her bittersweet experiences with the women who have played an indelible role in her life. Amanda’s is a South African journey in all its glory, with colourful tones and powerful shades of human consciousness. Part 2 of the series.
Amanda is a white South African whose earliest memories of domestic work are from the dark (or rather white) ages of Apartheid. She talks us through her bittersweet experiences with the women who have played an indelible role in her life. Amanda’s is a South African journey in all its glory, with colourful tones and powerful shades of human consciousness.