The Ma(i)de Sessions

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Domestic workers and cleaners occupy a unique position in a society. They are simultaneously the most ubiquitous and invisible among us. They are ever-present in our personal, professional and public spaces but often go largely undetected. These women have the potential to be the most powerful and astute social commentators as they hold a mirror to ourselves, to our children, and to our fellow citizens. Be a fly on the wall as we gain their unique perspectives on an interesting range of matters that characterise South African society.

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27
JUL
2017

A Gate in Time

Robert Botha is a middle-aged white South African male who wrote a poem about a special person, probably a domestic worker, standing outside a gate in time. Don't miss his pearls of wisdom on identity, connection, servanthood, and the power of silence. Enlightened doesn't even cut it!
20
JUL
2017

Worker Stories

When last have you had someone speak for you or tell your story? It can be entertaining or flattering at the best or inaccurate and even insulting at worst. Workerstories.org decided to collect the stories of those often spoken for, in their own words, through creative literature. What more unbeatable way to embody experiences than through those experiencing them. Projects like these remind us how no one should be reduced to their circumstance, and that our modern-day Einstein or Steve Jobs could be hiding in plain sight... or more specifically, your lounge or local fast food joint.
13
JUL
2017

At Your Gate

Today we review a poem called 'At Your Gate' by Robert Botha. 'White male' can appear in many ways to be the opposite of 'domestic worker' but his piece is nothing short of haunting and insightful. A true testament to the beauty and complexity of the South African artist.
06
JUL
2017

Outrepreneur

Nelly's always been an intrapreneur. Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organisation. Lately however, she's taken it a step further and is looking to gradually start her own cleaning business. Guess what that's called... outrepreneurship? Whatever the term, Nelly knows more than a thing or two about it. From cleaning a floor to crossing it, this lady is certainly one to watch!
29
JUN
2017

Mind Maze

In our second instalment of "what would South Africa be without 'help'?" (since it is a question we are always asked), the hosts explore a range of hypotheticals in a mind-warping conversation with many interesting twists and turns. Talk about a mental workout... phew!
22
JUN
2017

Matopia?

What might South Africa look like if 'help' was re-envisioned? Tuliza takes it a step further with a news broadcast from 2074. Fifty bucks says you push replay... more than once!
01
JUN
2017

The Commodities Market: Hope

Is hope a sellable product? Is it a skill? Is it both? Either way, some seem to have it and some don’t. Better yet, some seem to know how to use it, while others don’t know where to begin to find it. So people sell it to us in the form of motivational speaking, like Tony Robbins. You can’t even really map who will have it and who won’t. Sometimes hardship triggers it and sometimes it’s from a belief that your life is worth more than what your comforts can offer. Either way, Bridget Moema has it in bucket loads and so does her protégé, 2017’s Miss Inspire SA Teen 2nd Princess Letlotlo Matabane. You might want to buy what they're selling. A mouthful I know, but a worthwhile mouthful at that.
25
MAY
2017

The Answer is a Question

What does your domestic worker know about you that nobody else does? A slightly awkward question for us all, no doubt, but we recently asked it to a large group of 14-year old boys at St. John's College... and truly remarkable things happened. We've invited their teacher Lizzy to chat about what went down.
18
MAY
2017

Undressing ReDress

The ladies FINALLY chat to the three UJ students who were chosen as the winners for the redesign of the domestic worker uniform for Ma(i)de's ReDress Project. They share the philosophy behind their design as well as how profoundly this process has enriched the ways they practice as SA fashion designers. One step for domestic workers and a leap for three young fashion minds.
11
MAY
2017

Help-less?

Our dear Tuliza Sindi has never had help. Everrrrr(ish). And yet she's alive and well to tell the tale. To many this may sound a not-so-small miracle. Right?!? How on earth did she do it? A combination of boys and neighbours apparently, and some healthy childhood... mechanisation. A fascinating journey, which in many ways has made her far better at 'lifeing' (living 2.0) than most of us.
04
MAY
2017

Wanted... or unwanted?

Would you respond to a job ad that required you to smell 'nice', bath twice a day, be free of illness, and hand over your passport? How exactly do you screen someone's bath times anyway? What is this cryptic illness? And, isn't it called trafficking when you take away someone's travel documents? What the hell is going on here? Find out...
28
APR
2017

A Road Twip with Elana Afrika

Where is the intersection between work and leisure? In a recent Twitter faux pas on the 'therapeutic value' of domestic work... we think Miss Elana Afrika may have gotten ummm... lost in Twanslation. Join us as we try to map her route and leave a few breadcrumbs along the way.

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