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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Domestic workers play an integral role in the raising of South Africa’s children. They are in many ways the co-parents of our nation. Find out what they think we may be missing as we raise future generations of South African adults.
Domestic workers and cleaners occupy a unique position in society. They are simultaneously the most ubiquitous and invisible among us. The Ma(i)de Project advocates that these women have the potential to be the most powerful…