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
Office cleaners are a huge asset to companies. Think about it. Who would want to work or spend their money in squalor? How would it affect your day if the office restrooms were stinky and the coffee station was unstocked. How would it affect your business if the client slipped on a banana peel? They create the necessary conditions for the machine to churn. Perhaps most importantly though, they have untapped expertise on trimming overheads – ahhh, bet that got your attention…
After being strangled within an inch of her life in her own home, Penny didn’t run from crime – instead she took it head on! She spearheaded Domestic Watch, a programme that works with domestic workers and gardeners to fight crime in South Africa. By leveraging the powerful networks and intelligence held by these women and men, Domestic Watch has made Johannesburg’s neighbourhoods significantly safer for us all.