Maids and Madams
Publisher: Reach Publishers (September 17, 2015)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 9.9 MB
Downloadable formats: PDF
MAIDS & MADAMS – we need each other is a light-hearted, easy to read book that uses storytelling to explore the tricky, critical and very complicated relationship between two women – the MAID and the MADAM. The book will make you angry, cry, laugh, get shocked yet you will identify with most scenarios. The author, Zanele Mbokazi researched this material over two years, interviewing and visiting maids and madams in different corners countrywide. Thembi: “We are women like our madams. They sleep with their husbands and boyfriends every night. We only see our boyfriends and husbands once a month when we go home. Life is just unfair.” Miriam: “My biggest concern is overtime.” Madam Claire: “We need respect. Our helpers must be trustworthy. They must tell us when they are not going to come back on ti me.” Mrs Radebe: “Please tell our helpers that ‘my’ clothes, ‘my’ jewellery and ‘my’ shoes are mine not ‘ours’! I saw a picture on Facebook of my helper posing at a wedding, wearing my dress and my earrings!” Mrs Lobamba: “Please tell our helpers to stop doing their groceries and shopping from our cupboards!” Nozi: “Please tell our madams to pay us on ti me and not on the 38th day of the month and to please give us payslips.” The relationship between a maid and a madam is complicated. These ladies leave their homes to stay and work in a stranger’s house. They cook our food, clean up aft er us, and they talk to our kids and influence their world view. That relationship can never be just an employer-employee type. They make sure our kids look good and eat well when they have no idea how their own kids are doing at home, except for the periodic telephonic update. Madams provide much-needed employment and there are many men and women who have big names today from the money that was earned by their mothers working as MAIDS. At ti mes we love each other, sometimes we fight, at ti mes we cry together, and we become real sisters who look at each other as women, created in the image of God. The truth is that as MAIDS and MADAMS – we need each other! Author, Zanele has also written: This Battle Is Not Yours, Push You are Closer than you think and Before The Vows!