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

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

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

sandwich type of lunch.

Name: 1.) Patrick Haward - gardener

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1984

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Chichewa

Driver’s license: No

Other skills: Attended course how to fix refridgerators

His story: Patrick has been working for the last 6 years for the same family as a gardener 2 days/week and we called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Patrick has been working for us for nearly 6 years now. I can say that he is very reliable. He will do anything for you like getting up on the roof and clean the gutters. He has a very willing attitude.

Our observation: Patrick goes to church on Saturdays so he won't be available to work on a Saturday. He is a confident gardener who knows his garden tools and also knows how to plant.

Name: 2.) Winston Kondowe - gardener, helped build cupboards

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1993

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

His storyWinston came to South Africa in 2016. He worked as a gardener in Kuilsriver for 8 months and we contacted the man for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidWinston worked for me off and on when I needed him, I'm now retired. He is honest, pleasant, respectful. He was my gardener but also helped me build cupboards.

Our observation: Winston likes gardening and on weekends meets with friends.

Name: 3.) Albert Makuni - gardener, code 10 driver's license

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1978

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: Yes, Code 10

His story: Albert worked at a tree nursery for nearly 4 years full time. They gave him a good testimonial. He resigned to become a driver for a company because of a better income. That company closed down after 2 years and now he is looking again for employment. He can also paint.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Albert worked for us for almost 4 years. He resigned out of his own to become a driver and we wished him all the best. His duties were to care for our trees, water and prund them all year round. He is a fast learner and is good with plants.

Our observation: Albert is rather quiet and a friend of his who is already registered with us recommended him. His English is good and him and his wife live together in Strand .

Name: 4.) Webster Nyuke - gardener, painter, Code 14 driver's license

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1969

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R250

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: Yes, Code 14

His story: Webster worked in Zim as a security guard for 7 years. He then came to South Africa and started to work as a security guard again. He then worked as a gardener and handy man and also did a seasonal painting job. We called the man of the gardening job for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Webster worked for us for a year until he took on a full time painting job. He did our lawn and rest of the garden and I must say he is a good worker. He works unsupervised and was always punctual. He is willing to work hard which I liked and takes pride in his work.

Our observation: Webster describes himself as reliable. He has a driver's license and can paint too. Weekends he often goes to auctions and buys things which he resells again.

Name: 5.) Hechna Mwenda - gardener

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Chirichewa 

Driver’s license: No

His storyHechna works for the same family for a year now and we contacted them for a reference.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidHechna works for us part time. He waters the garden by hand and keeps it tidy. He cuts the grass and removes weeds. He takes pride in his work and works neatly. He likes our 2 dogs, has a warm personality and always wants to satisfy you.

Our observation: Hechna is an experienced gardener. He likes music and is very friendly.

Name: 6.) 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, Code 10

Other skills: Painting, driving

His story: In Zimbabwe Chris occasionally worked as a gardener. Then he 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 and we contacted him for a testimonial.

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 and I can definitely recommend him.

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: 7.) Paul Kaemba - gardening, painting code 10 licence

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 licence: Yes, code 10 valid until 03/20

Smoker: No

Other skillspainting, driving

His story: In 2014 Paul started to work for a family in Somerset. We called them for a testimonial. His uncle was painting for them and recommended Paul as a gardener when they asked him about a recommendation. Paul has a valid code 10 driver's license and can paint as well. His wife works full time and both children are in Zimbabwe with the grandparents. Paul left his gardening job for a better full time painting job only to find out that they didn't tell him it was a seasonal job. So now his whole week is open again....

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPaul at frst worked for us full time because our garden was a mess and then 3 days/week. He is an excellent worker and acid to have. He uses his own initiative and knows about plants because he has worked for the Cape Garden Centre before. He is a handyman who also fixes all broken and non-functioning things around the house. He left us to find full time painting employment only to find out later that it was seasonal, by then we had already filled his position.

Our observation: Paul describes himself as trustworthy. Weekends he goes to church. He can work unsupervised and has gardening experience.

Name: 8.) Nyasha Kepekepe - gardener, good with wellwooding

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

His storyNyasha worked for a family as a stand in gardener for a few months. We contacted them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidNyasha worked for us for a few months. His attitude is absolutely awesome and he will always do extra work even if he doesn't have to. He is very trustworthy and is always punctual. He is reliable and uses his own initiative. Personally, I think that you are missing out if you don't employ him.

Our observation: Nyasha is extremely friendly, neat and bubbling with confidence without being arrogant. He is  religious, organised and describes himself as trustworthy and friendly. 

Name: 9.) 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: 10.) 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: 11.) Secret Sitolo - gardening

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1992

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

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Chichewa

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: 12.) 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.

Name: 13.) 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.

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

Name: 14.) Enock Chirochiyerwa - gardener, worked with fibre cables, pave

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1998

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

His storyEnock worked as a gardener for a family and worked with fibre cables as well.

References: Yes, two (call Madzibaba)

What the reference saidEnock worked for me as a gardener and also helped me with fibre cables. He is very reliable and I can definitely recommend him. Once he know what you want from him he is trying hard.

Our observation: Enock describes himself as friendly and easy going. He is still young and struggles a bit with communication but is very willing.

Name: 15.) Chap Mhone - gardener, housekeeping, painting, guesthouse

                                           experience, likes animals

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1992

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Lives: in Nomzamo

Language(s): English, Chichewa

Driver’s license: No

His story:

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Chap worked for us on a small farm for a year and a half. He is a very good gardener and sometimes helped with the washing. Chap is a very pleasant worker and extremely fast learner. You only show him a thing once and he has it. He is a good painter and had no problem working over hours at times.

Our observation: Chap is a go-getter. He is well mannered, likes animals and has guest house experience.  On weekends, he goes to church and plays football.

Name: 16.) Harrison Nyimba housekeeper, handyman, has made

                                                  breakfast before, gardening

Nationality: Malawean

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: Currently earns R320/day, but salary negotiable

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Cape Town, Heathfield, close to Plumstead

Language(s): English, Chewa

Driver’s licence: Learner's licence

Smoker: No

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

His storyFor 3 years, Harrison has been working for a family 3 days a week and we contacted them for a testimonial. In the meantime we have placed him sucessfully 1day/week as a gardener in Cape Town.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidHarrison has been with us for 3 years now. We have a lady in the house and he helps her especially to clean the floors, walls and windows. When she is sick, he stands in for her and also does ironing for us. We do have gardening services but he does all the odd jobs around the house like fixing leaking pipes, caring for our pool and changing bulbs. He beats carpets as our house is very big, having 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. My husband travels a lot and me and the cleaning lady feel very safe when Harrison is around. He gets along well with both her and me. Since he comes from a family of fishermen in Malawi, he can fix many things. I can certainly recommend him, as he is very honest, on time and everything you need in a housekeeper. He especially irons very neatly. 

Our observationHarrison is very self confident and is an extrovert. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and likes to learn new things.

Name: 17.) Stonard Kaunda - gardener

Nationality: Malawian

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: 18.) Blester Munyenyembe - gardener

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Chichewa

Driver’s license: No

Other skills: baking, welding, very basic housekeeping

His story: Blester worked for 6 months for a family in Mpumalanga full time as a gardener and also helped them with their catering business. Blester then decided to move to the Western Cape and is now looking for garden work. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Blester worked for us (we live in Mpumalanga) for about 6 months and would still be working for us if he would not have decided to move to the Western Cape. He worked for us as a gardener and also helped with our catering business and I can definitely recommend him. His duties were lawn mowing, planting flowers and hedge trimming. He was always punctual and we miss him.

Our observation: Blester describes himself as honest, hard working and reliable. In his free time he follows soccer, bakes over firewood and Sundays goes to church.

Name: 19.) Andile Mdishwa - gardener, security officer

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1984

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoking:  No

Other skills: Security officer, guesthouse gardening experience

His story: Andile worked for a guesthouse as a gardener but had to go when high season was over.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Andile worked for our guesthouse for 6 months. It was seasonal work in high season. He worked in our garden and kept it neat. If I must describe him I would say I found him to be honest, hard working and friendly.

Our observation: Andile likes gardening and on weekends watches soccer. Sundays he goes to church and weekends spends time with his wife and 2 children.