Here are our available gardeners. Most of them are looking at a salary of

R200/day, including transport, and their available days are green.

The employer normally provides a bread/rusk and coffee breakfast and a

sandwich type of lunch.

Name: 1.) Henry Taruwinga - gardener

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1973

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun (he can maybe exchange days and be available on a Wednesday)

Daily wage: R200

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Other skills: Painting

His story: Henry is an artist who makes mosaic mirrors and works with ostrich eggs in his free time which are sold at the waterfront. For 3 years he works 3 days/week in Sir Louwrys Pass as a gardener and does general maintenance for the family. We called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Henry is a quiet gentleman. He is always on time and knows how to work with gardening machines. He has also done hedge-trimming, car washing and painting for us. He has painted in Zimbabwe as well. Henry has been with us now for 4 years and we can highly recommend him as he is very trustworthy.

Our observation: In the beginning Henry was shy. He is an introvert but we observed that he is very intelligent and looks like a go-getter. His wife is also registered with us and we placed her successfully.

Name:  2.) Chris Tsopotsa - gardening

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licenseZimbabwean license for car and lorry

Other skills: Painting, driving

His story: In Zimbabwe Chris occasionally worked as a gardener. Then was a taxi driver in Zimbabwe and a lorry driver in Botswana. Here in South Africa he has been working as a gardener. The man calls him when he needs him. In the meantime we placed him and now he's still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Chris is strong and uses his head for what can be done next. He mows my lawn, cuts hedges and does odd jobs around the house and he always wants to please you. He is punctual and honest.

Our observation: Chris is very flexible and will accept any type of job, even housekeeping. He doesn't want to sit at home but work and have an income to supply his family.

Name: 3.) Victor Ncaphayi - gardening and construction

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1960

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Tuesday employer can exchange days if someone would like to have Victor on a Tuesday!

Daily wage? R200

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): Afrikaans, Xhosa, English

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Other skills: building

His story: Victor worked for a family in the garden for many years whenever they called him. They moved overseas and he forgot to ask them for a reference. Then he worked for 3 years for a building company. He was retrenched because they didn't get enough building orders. We found work for him as a gardener and now he is still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Victor was retrenched because of a serious shortage in work. He worked for us for 3 years and we were very happy with his work, otherwise we wouldn't have employed him for so long. When we retrenched him we also had to retrench a bunch of other good chaps and hope that all of them will find a good job soon.

We got Victor from One Stop Domestic. He first worked for us twice a week until our garden wasn't such a mess any more ( just moved to Somerset) and now he is with us Mondays. He has always been punctual and gets to everything I want him to do. He is very kind and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a gardener.

Our observation: At home Victor speaks Xhosa to his wife and children and Sundays they go to church. He is a quiet guy who will only ask questions when necessary and likes to learn new things.

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Name: 4.) Albert Ngwira - cleaner, gardener, artisan work

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

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

Stay in/out: in or out

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Albert's wife and child live in Malawi. He first worked in Joburg and helped to renovate houses. Then he worked for a film making company until his contract with them ended. We contacted both for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Albert worked for us for several months until the work we had contracted him for was finished. He helped to renovate 4 to 5 houses. Albert is very polite, always on time and a real go getter who's real trustworthy.

We are a film making company. Albert did all kinds of things for us. He helped to renovate and helped in the garden and I can say he is very honest and good with people. Sometimes he had to clean everything up and he is neat and well mannered and gets on with the job.

Our observation: Albert describes himself as non choosy and willing to learn new things. He's living together with another men and the two of them have to cook, clean, do laundry and iron their own clothes. Therefore Albert says he can be a gardener, housekeeper or renovate again. Albert presented us a Malawian police clearance certificate as well as a neat CV.

Name: 5.) Amos Rima - gardener

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1991

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: Yes, code 9

His story: In Zimbabwe Amos already worked as a gardener. He has now permanently been working in South Africa for gardening services Monday to Thursday and is still looking for the above day(s). Per day him and his collegues work in 10-20 gardens and know how to use the garden tools and machines...

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Amos is with us for a year now. He has a fantastic attitude. He is friendly and caring and always on time. He knows how to operate all garden tools and always wants to please you.

Our observation: Amos is an experienced gardener who goes to church on Sundays and likes to spend time with his family when he is not working.

Name: 6.) Daniel Sango - gardener

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1976

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Other skills:

His story: Daniel currently works 1 day/week as a gardener. We called the family for a testimonial. In the meantime he found other work and is not still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidDaniel has been with us for 1 year now. He is a hard worker and is always on time. He also cleans my car. Daniel is very friendly and knows how to operate a lawn mower and an industrial wheat-eater. He is humble and quiet. He is such a good worker that we used him at our school as well where he operated the industrial wheat-eater.

Our observation: Daniel's brother works at the horse riding stables and approached us about Daniel needing more days. Daniel is calm, well mannered and well-spoken.

Name: 7.) Secret Sitolo - gardening

Nationality: Malawean

Born: in 1992

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

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Chewa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

His story: Secret came to South Africa in 2014.  He worked for the same family once a week until they moved.  Then he only worked for the same employer who employs his brother permanently for one day when there was extra work.  The employer says she knows all the brothers and they are all “good people”.  We called the employer for a testimonial. In the meantime we have found him two more days. One Stop Domestic found work for him and now he is still looking for the day(s) above.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Secret came to us one day when we had extra work.  His brother has been working for us for a long time and we know all the brothers by now.  They are all good men who are proud of having work.  Secret arrived punctually and was hard working.  If his brother was not our permanent garden boy already we would employ him immediately and if there is any extra work to be done in future we will ask him again to come and help.

Our observation: Secret was friendly and hard working.  He says he likes children and was a fast learner. He appreciated the opportunity to come to us and thanked us several times for the gardening course.

Name: 8.) Lawrence Baneti - gardener

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1972

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoking: Yes, but little

Other skills: Painting, Construction, Ironing

His story: Lawrence worked in Belville for a wood company for 9 months. He skimmed and cut the wood. Then he worked for a courier company, but the contract was finished after 3 years. In the Eastern Cape, he worked as a gardener for 1 year, 2 days a week. He is a single father to two school children, cleans his own house and irons their clothes.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Lawrence used to work for me on a char worker basis. I called him when I needed him and I must say he really impressed me. I can recommend him, he is punctual and well mannered.

Our observation: He is friendly and a fast learner. Weekends he spends at home reading and playing with his children.

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Name: 9.) Elias Makranga - gardener

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Lives: in Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoking: No

Other skills: Building, Construction

His story: Elias was a gardener in Zimbabwe. In South Africa he and also did gardening, as well as building and construction. (Optic fibre cables), he is working for them right now again but available on Saturdays.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Elias was our gardener in Zimbabwe for about 3 years. Should he not have decided to go to South Africa he would still be with us! We were very happy with his work, he puts his work first and after an initial introduction went on unsupervised.

Our observation: On Saturdays, Elias helps his wife to sell second-hand clothes and on Sundays they go to church. He describes himself as very dedicated and is experienced in garden work.

Name: 10.) Jacob Bhandi - gardening and landscaping

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1985

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage? R200

Livesin Macassar

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Other skillslandscaping

His story: We already found work for Jacob's sister and her employer is very happy with her. The two of them are living together in Macassar and send money home to support their families. Since 2012 Jacob does gardening work in Cape Town for a very small gardening company. They call him when they need him. and he has to travel far to get there. We called the supervisor for a testimonial. One Stop Domestic placed him in the meantime and now he is still looking for the above day(s).  All his employers are highly satisfied with him.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidJacob has been with us since about 2012. We only do garden work in Cape Town. Jacob lives in Somerset and is a stand in garden boy because he needs to travel so far to Cape Town and my other workers are local. I can totally recommend him, he is always on time, gets along with eveybody, never has any demands and is physically strong and hard working. We also never had any clients complain about him.

Our observation: Jacob is quiet, tall and strong. He is well mannered and describes himself as honest and hard working.