Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam

Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave your Madamtakes a lighter look at one of South Africa’s most important, yet most often-overlooked, relationships of all: that between a domestic worker and her madam.

Seen from both perspectives, this is a laugh-out-loud take on a woman’s home, but is as serious as the security guards in gated communities. While covering everything you ever wanted to know about the maid–madam relationship, it takes a quirky look at the women in our lives: our mothers, our sisters, our cousins, our friends, us.

To get you started:

• There are two types of white madams, the poor-white madam and the liberal middle-class madam.

• There are no poor African madams.

• If your helper has a colourful name, she must be a Zimbabwean.

• Having a Malawian helper is never about the Malawian helper, darling.

Says Zukiswa, ‘This is a work of non-fiction. Any similarities to madams, baases, domestic workers and domestic incidences imagined is coincidental. Names have been changed to protect the children.

Weight 0.3 kg

Zukiswa Wanner


Paivapo Publishers


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