Name: 62.) Melody Maroni - cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1984

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Lives: in a flat in Somerset West

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they?

Her story:

References: Yes, two

What the reference said:

Our observation:

Name: 2.) Nene Kala - cleaner or nanny for toddlers, home

                                     management certificate, cooking course

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1978

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

( the green days are the days the lady is available to work for you)

Stay in/out: out

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 1,5 years old

Her story: Nene has been working for the same family for 9 years. When she started to work there the youngest child was 1,5 years old and the mother was at home as well. But Nene was alone with the toddler several times a week when the mother quickly went out to go somewhere. We called the family plus a second family where she worked for 2 years for a testimonial. We placed her but the family could no longer afford her, they gave her a nice reference as well. In the meantime we placed her again and now she is only looking for work on the above day(s).

References: Yes, three

What the references said: Nene cleans very well. She is absolutely honest, nothing has gone missing ever.  She has been with me for 9 years now and is very reliable

Nene's English is very good and she just always comes.  She is well mannered and often alone at home.  She is also naturally good with children.

Nene worked for us for over a year. We got her from One Stop Domestic. She was never absent from work other than for planned leave. She is honest and worked completely unsupervised. She was good with our pets and made always sure all windows and doors were locked before leaving in the afternoons. I can also say that she irons very well. We could unfortunately no longer afford her.

Our observation: Nene is outgoing, likes to talk and socialize.  She is friendly and hard working.  She also asked a lot of questions which shows that she communicates well.

Name: 57.) Margret Ajibu - cleaning lady, restaurant experience

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1996

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Stay in/out: out

Lives: in Macassar, Firgrove

Language(s): English, Chewa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? No

Her story: Margie currently works as a cleaning lady for an elderly couple, but only when they call her. We contacted them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Margie works for us when we call her. She has been working for us for 10 months now. I can say that she is honest and reliable and a very nice lady.

Our observation: Margie likes to listen to music and to play with children. On weekends she goes to church.

Name: 2.) Rodreck Makumba - gardener, security guard, crane operator,

                                                      likes animals

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

His story: Rodreck worked for a construction company as a crane operator and was doing concrete structures, operating the mixer. The construction company closed down and we called his former supervisor for a testimonial. His hobby is gardening and he has an own garden at his house. Rodreck currently works as a security guard full time but the shifts and salary are both bad. He therefore would like to be a gardener.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Rodreck worked for our construction company in East London until we closed down. He is a good guy and a good worker. He was always punctual and is soft hearted.

Our observation: Rodreck likes nature and plants as well as animals and would therefore like to be a gardener. He has his own small garden at home and says he is a fast learner. We introduced him to all basic garden tools and he did well.

Name: 72.) Alicia Faleni - cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: sleep in R3500 sleep out R4000

Stay in/out: sleep out or combination of in and out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: learner's license

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 2 years old

Her story: Alicia worked for a family for 5 years until they moved to George. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Alicia worked for us for 5 years full time until we moved away. She is amazing and makes incredible food. She is very honest and always smiles. She helped me with my 2 year old child and I trusted her with everything. We had a little restaurant at the beach and she made food like spring rolls and salads. My child liked her and I can recommend her as a nanny.

Our observation: She says that she loves children. She is a quiet but open person and likes to read books on weekends. She also likes reading the Bible and going to church.

Name: 17.) Stonard Kaunda - gardener

Nationality: Malawean

Born: in 1983

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R250

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Chichewa

Driver’s license: No

His story: For 3 years, Stonard has been working for a family every Thursday as a gardener and we called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Stonard has been working for us as a gardener every Thursday. He is very punctual and reliable. I tell him what to do in the mornings and he gets to everything. He mows our lawn, cuts hedges, services the pool and does everything in the garden. He also cleans the braai grids. If we would not have had the same cleaning lady for 20 years, we would have employed him in the house as he is very neat and clean.

Our observation: He describes himself as a quiet worker that loves gardening. On weekends he meets up with friends or plays soccer. He says he is willing to improve his housekeeping skills and also willing to be a housekeeper.

Name: 71.) Ken Mashazhu - cleaner or au pair for toddlers, can cook very well

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1974

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R5000

Livesin Goodwood

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: Yes

Worked with children before: Yes, 4 years old

His story: For 14 years, Ken worked as an au pair and cook for the same family. When their son was old enough for his own driver's license, his contract with them ended. We contacted the reference for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Ken worked for us for 14 years full time as an au pair. His main responsibility was to look after my son from when he was 4 until he was 17 years old. He drove him around, made him food, played with him and kept him company, because I'm a single mother and have a very busy lifestyle. He even joined us on vacation. He is an excellent cook and is very well mannered. He is always in a good mood, evenly tempered, clean, friendly, punctual, clever and very responsible.

Our observation: Ken says he is very good at cooking and child minding. On weekends he goes to church (on Saturdays), cooks for his family and plays with his own child.

Name: 00.) Cecilia Hlatini - cleaner or au pair for babies, Au Pair, 1st aid 

                                             and home based care certificate

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4000 plus transport

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: Learner's license

Worked with children before: Yes, 3 months old

Her story: Ceclilia worked full time for a family for a year until they could no longer afford her. She then was working for 4 months for a family with a 3 month old baby girl but when the baby went to creche they no longer needed her. We phoned both families for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Cecilia worked for us for a year full time. Our boy was 5 years old then. In the mornings she did housekeeping for us and in the afternoons cared for him. We were very happy with her but couldn't afford her any more. 

Cecilia worked for our family full time for 4 months. Our daughter was 3 months old when she started with us. She was fully responsible for her as I run a salon from home. She fed her and took her for walks and when she slept did some housework too. Cecilia is amazing. She es educated and our daughter loved her to bits. She was also super punctual and always smiles. We decided to put the baby in a creche when she was 7 months old and there wasn't enough work for Cecilia full time any more. That's when she decided to find a new family for full time work and we hope she will find a great family.

Our observation: Cecilia enjoys cooking and is passionate about children of all ages. On weekends she spends time with her own family and Sundays goes to church.