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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Bra Joe is a taxi driver and a man of God. No – he’s LITERALLY a pastor. But aren’t taxi drivers meant to be lawless and Godless people? Well, apparently not. According to Bra Joe, in his line of work you’ve really gotta pray. A LOT. Mbali and Tuliza are joined by Mandla, a domestic worker, to interview Bra Joe on the life and times of taxi drivers. From passengers, to motorists, to policy makers, and fellow humans – there’s a little FYI in here for us all.

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Our domestic workers are the waste brigade. They know the money we’ve used and the money we’ve wasted well before it leaves our bank balance. They also observe the many social pressures that come with our pursuit of more. They know the old jeans we live in, the trendy shoes we only wore once, the untouched Bourbon we bought to impress our friends back in 2008, and that overpriced slimming tea we’d rather not talk about…

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Mfundo’s mom is a domestic worker and his dad was a taxi driver. He is a ‘born free’, but for him attending University has been more of a street fight than a birthright. He joins the Ma(i)de Sessions to tackle the ever-burning question: Which of us are born free?

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South Africa is a nation obsessed with ‘otherness’. But what the hell is ‘othering’ and who is ‘The Other’? Mbali and Tuliza continue their chat to Sociologist, Ragi, to try to understand what domestic work tells us about our conditioning. A very ideological conversation, but an important one to begin to understand our domestic workers on far more intellectual terms.

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Domestic work is an interesting probe into our evolution as a society. @maideproject are joined by talented and nuanced sociologist, Ragi Bashonga, for a much-needed reflective session on who, why and where we are: as Ma(i)de, as South Africans; as humans.

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Lindiwe Shibambo is a bit like Neo. Her strengths defy the rules of social mobility. Recently she told us her amazing South African story – kicking ass and taking names, whilst moving between socio-economic brackets with the mad skills of a ninja. Later, she’s joined by two lady comrades to discuss the power of a uniform. This is revolution. This is the Matrix.

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Lerato’s mother was a domestic worker. When her and her husband died, Lerato was taken in and raised by her mother’s white employers. From that day she has taken a 360-degree journey around South African identity politics. Talk about a trip. Tune into a candid and authentic conversation on white privilege, black privilege, and all the mayhem in between.

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