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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20
APR
2017

Innocent Creative

It’s one thing to want to pursue a career you can get a degree in that your parents don’t quite approve of, like art history or theatre arts. It’s no coincidence that both of those examples have the word ‘art’ in it. Now imagine explaining to your parents that you want to get paid to be yourself; you want to make being yourself a career; a creative career. Imagine that those parents are poor, like below the poverty line poor, and their longing wish is for you to become a lawyer or doctor, you know, something far more credible and financially viable. They tell you that this dream is what has kept them in their deeply dissatisfying jobs and their hard-earned money cannot entertain such foolishness as pursuing dreams. Only 30 percent of those who work are in their dream jobs. The rest? Well... it’s complicated. With us on this show is Innocent, who has a domestic worker for a mother and a father he only just met. With the financial chips stacked against him, he has still chosen to pursue his creative compulsions. Have a listen to his story and find out where you stand in the passion vs. stability tug of war.
13
APR
2017

Redress through Dress

The Nocebo effect, as panellist Timothy Maurice rightfully pointed out, is when a negative expectation of a phenomenon or experience causes it to have a more negative effect than it otherwise should. Sometimes if we expect to be judged in the clothes that we wear, we will feel judged, even if no one is judging us. This is a constant reality for domestic workers, where a constant feeling of shame and judgement slowly eats at a healthy perception of themselves and how they perform. It is not all in their heads though; we do also judge. The Ma(i)de ReDRESS event, in collaboration with Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the University of Johannesburg, prompted a discussion around the frightfully and excitingly powerful capacity for clothing to advance human thinking and behaviour. This is a conversation worth joining.
23
MAR
2017

Our Urban Glitch

Urban design is, simply put, about public space: the spaces that we share. What we are comfortable to share is a reflection of the type of people that we are. Others learn about us through our public spaces. Apartheid spatial planning designed hostile and exclusive public spaces. The only thing that was exempt from that planning was domestic workers. Only domestic workers were allowed to be in areas where their race was banned. That role was the only glitch in a perfect design. You'd be surprised what that glitch has managed to do to our city growth in what was our very carefully designed separation.
09
MAR
2017

International Women's Day Special

To extend the International Women's Day celebrations from yesterday, The Ma(i)de Sessions dug up some good ol' inspiring moments of womanhood throughout the shows to date and as you can imagine, there are plenty! The ladies have somehow managed to narrow it down to 5 moments; 5 whole moments that's sure to remind you that womanhood is just a beautiful thing. Happy. Truly. Enjoy.
02
MAR
2017

The Ma(i)de Sessions - Broken Home: Curse or Opportunity?

Innocent and Koketso are 21 year old twins. They have only known each other for a month. Innocent, a boy, lived with their mother and Koketso, a girl, lived with their father, with only one of them aware that the other exists. Innocent was told that his father had died. Koketso was told that she had other siblings and not much else. This Khumbulekhaya-inspired episode takes us on a journey to uncover this ever-present South African condition of the engineered broken home.
23
FEB
2017

The Wage to Live

Nigel "the white guy they don't want you to know about" Branken discusses how he got to pay a living wage, rather than the minimum wage to his then domestic worker, Loice. He helps us understand how this is no small feat, by tying into what we've come to know as our very networked economic machine.
16
FEB
2017

The Help: Review Part 2

The ladies round up their impressions on The Help - the movie that tracks the journey of Skeeter, a young white female writer determined to write something meaningful with the courageous black maids in her town of Jackson, Mississippi in 1962.
09
FEB
2017

The Help: Review Pt 1.

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. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids - referred to as "the help" - exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families.
02
FEB
2017

School of Hustle

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!
26
JAN
2017

Clothes by Christine

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!
19
JAN
2017

R.O.H.I.

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. Check it out!
12
JAN
2017

The Ma(i)de Model

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.

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