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.

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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.

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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.

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Domestic work is one of those areas where in many ways South Africa is considered the special child in the global community. Ruth is an expat living in South Africa and she joins the Ma(i)de Sessions to give an outsider’s observations on our local remix of this global institution. To paraphrase Trevor Noah: the world goes one way, and South Africa goes “Sha’p guys, we’ll meet you there – going to take a sho’t cut!”. Ahhh… this is why we love it here.

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What is the difference between polygamy and cheating? Is a man a financial plan? Should married couples have separate bedrooms or even houses? And then there are mother-in-laws… ’nuff said. This and more in Pt 2!

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21st century marriages are a dramatic affair with the old and the new constantly battling co-existence. Langa and Mandla come from different generations and have 35 years of domestic work experience between them. Drawing from their own experiences in addition to having worked for a variety of couples, they provide interesting observations on this evolving domestic institution.

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What determines our aspirations? Is it our concept of opportunity or its concept of us? We asked two domestic workers about their personal aspirations to help us unpack this conundrum.

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Pachida’s mom arrived in South Africa and built a strong and sustainable livelihood for her and her child. However, if you asked a six-year-old Pachida what her Mom did for a living, she would have told you, “My mom has a second family”. Then you might have said, “WAIT, HOOOLD UP! Can that be a job? In the economy? Parenting? Can we buy mothers, like on the market, with our credit cards?” Until you obviously realised, “Of course, it’s like human civilisation. Money can buy you like… anything”. Yes?

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Is Beauty real? Or is she actually Status in lipstick and stilettos? Furthermore, is it all part of a cosmic plan? Meisie and Sibahle help us to unpack what our face makeup tells us about our soul makeup. From interracial attraction, to skin bleaching, nose pegging, and even the Black girl version of ‘jungle fever’ – we like to call this socio-cosmetic surgery.

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What is the real value of domestic workers? What is real value, period, and how is it linked to our values? Is one person’s R10 worth more than another’s? What can we learn from domestic workers about budgeting and investing? Finally, who are the Khumalos, the Naidoos, and the Krugers and why do we try so hard to keep up with them? This and more in a very rich (pun intended) conversation with Nikki, a financial planner, on the world of maidenomics.

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