You can always make an induvidual work offer to a specific domestic and see if he or she will accept it.

Most ladies would like to earn between R3800 and R4000/month as a starting salary, (including transport for 5 days a week). They are usually offered a breakfast bread/rusks with coffee and a sandwich type of lunch from the employer. The sleep in ladies start at R3500/month, but get 3 meals/day plus free water and electricity. They also only use public transport twice a week and not daily.

On the bottom of the page you will find our ladies from Cape Town and surroundings while the gardeners are displayed on a separate page.

Name: 1.) Letwin Sibindi cleaning lady

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1987

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

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyLetwin was recommended to us by a domestic that has worked for One Stop Domestic for a year and who is very reliable. That domestic lady took Letwin with to her current employer for 3 days when she needed extra help and we called her for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidMy own domestic Geti who we got from One Stop Domestic brought Letwin to our house as an additonal cleaning lady for 3 days when we needed extra help. Letwin was on time each time, very friendly with us and was working at a good reasonable speed. If we ever need someone to come in for extra work she will be the one we call and we hope she will find permanent work soon because she deserves it. She was none demanding and a pleasure to have in our house.

Our observation: Letwin lives in Strand with her husband and 2 children. She likes to please her employer and describes herself as easy going and hard working.

Name: 2.) Constance Ziwange cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers,

                                                      looked after 1 year old twins

Nationality: Zimbabwean

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)

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, one year old

Her story: Constance worked for a year for a family where she was alone with a one year old girl while the parents were at work. When the girl slept she did the housework. They moved and then Constance worked for another year for a family with older children until they could no longer afford her. She also worked 2 days/week for a family with twins until they went to creche.

References: Yes, three

What the reference saidConstance worked for us for a year until we moved away. She was doing a great job with our baby girl while my husband and I were at work. We totally relied on her coming in on time which she always did. She was also always in a good mood and we can certainly recommend her. 

Constance worked for us for almost a year. My children liked her although she didn't have to look after them as they were too old. She never complained about anything and she is always positive. Unfortunately we had to let her go because of financial reasons otherwise she would still be working for us!

Constance worked for us for just over a year for 2 days/week. She is a lovely lady who is always cheerful and friendly. Her English is very good and her duties with us were cleaning, ironing and helping with our now 2 year old twins. She played with them, fed them and put them down for their naps. Constance was always punctual and not sick once. We already have a full time domestic and now that the twins will be in creche daily no longer need her assistance.

Our observationConstance is a Christian who describes herself as a hard worker and eager to learn new things. If someone teaches her how to she is willing to cook for her new employer and she loves it to be on time.

Name: 3.) Sylvia Manquola - cleaning lady or nanny for school kids

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1967

Which days available?

Any 3 days between Monday and Friday Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Khayelitsha

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Sylvia is currently working for the same man since 2002 !!! She cleans his house 2 days/week. She worked for a family with 2 small children the other 3 days/week but that family now wants to employ a full time lady and now Sylvia is looking for a new family again. Her current employer is very flexible about days so the new employer can pick any 3 days of the week between Monday and Friday.

References: Yes, two

What the references said: Sylvia has been working for me since 2002 ever since my wife passed away for 2 days/week. She has become a part of our house and I can really only say the best about her and highly recommend her. She is very trustworthy and valuables can lay around in the house without worry. She certainly has an eye for detail and with me works fully unsupervised, cleans the house, does the laundry and ironing. She is healthy, friendly and punctual and you won't go wrong with her.

We moved to Somerset West from Johannesburg and our neighbour recommended Sylvia to us. We are very happy with her working 3 days/week for us, especially with her excellent cleaning skills and the willingness to walk that extra mile for you. We however have two small children and realized that we do need help 5 days/week. We can of course not take her away from our neighbour for whom she has been working for since 2002. That also shows how committed she is to find long term employment with lots of ladies these days only working 6 months here and 1 year there. We hope Sylvia will find a nice family soon. They will be very lucky as her cleaning skills are totally up to standard.

Our observation: Sylvia is a quiet lady who describes herself as hard working and trustworthy. On weekends she enjoys to read, cleans her own house and meets with friends.

Name: 4 .) Sharna Chitatu - cleaner or nanny for school kids, cooked for

                                               children before, irons well

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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

Monthly salary: Mon - Fri: R4000, Mon - Sat: R4500

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 7 years old

Her story: Sharna worked for a guesthouse and then for a family 3 days/week. She cleaned and took care of the laundry. When she started to work there the children were 7 and 13 years old and she prepared basic meals for them. The father worked from home and had an eye on her cleaning and when we called him for a testimonial he was full of praise for Sharna. We also called the guesthouse for a testimonial. Right now Sharna is now working again for a family who calls her when they need her but Sharna prefers to work the same days of the week for the same family(ies).

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidSharna worked for us for about 3 years. She was a good worker, very reliable and was not often absent from work. My children, with whom she played each time for an hour or two, liked her a lot.

Sharna worked for us in high season for 4 months 3 days/week. She cleaned and ironed. She communicates well and her ironing is very up to standard.

Our observation: Sharna's English is very good. Weekends she cleans her own house and spends quality time with her child. She likes a routine and a clean house.

Name: 5.) Gloria Mzimkhulu - cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers

                                                  cleaning company experience, can cook

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1969

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa, bit Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 years old

Her storyGloria worked for a cleaning company. One of the company's clients employed Gloria full time for 4 years. Then they moved overseas. We have a testimonial from the family. In the meantime Gloria found full time work but is unhappy with the salary. She therefore can only go to an interview or test work day on a Saturday.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidGloria worked for us full time for 4 years. She cleaned, took care of the laundry and played with both our children who were 3 and 5 years old when she started to work for us. She prepared snacks for them, some afternoons bathed them for me and I can say she is excellent and caring with chidren. She cooked family dinner for us when I didn't have time and we enjoyed her cooking. Should she not have moved she would still be working for us.

Our observationGloria is a mature cleaner whose two children are grown ups. On weekends she cleans her own house and helps with the washing of her grandchildren.

Name: 6.) Asanda Mgoqi cleaning lady, likes to cook

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyAsanda worked for 4 years for a cleaning service but was under paid. So she found herself new work with a family. Asanda cleaned for them for 2,5 years until they could no longer afford her and called the family for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidAsanda worked for us for almost 3 years. She cleaned and ironed and worked for us full time until we could no longer afford her. She is very friendly and most helpful, was punctual and a nice lady to have around. I can certainly recommend her.

Our observationAsanda communicates well and likes to cook at home. If someone teaches her how to she will be able to cook for her next family. She also likes to read and Sundays goes to church.

Name:   7.) Tashie Machaya - cleaner or nanny for toddlers, can cook,

                                                 1st aid, child safety and Au Pair course,

                                                 Infant care, baby and child nutrition and 

                                                 age appropriate activities course

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1976

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: in or out 

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 2 and 4 years old

Her storyTashie worked for a family for 3 years, where she cleaned and played with the children. They unfortunately moved to Johannesburg and she could therefore no longer work for them. After that, she worked for two employers at the same time. One of them, was an elderly lady, for whom she only worked when she was needed. The other employer she worked for 3 days of the week, looking after the 4 and 6 year old children and cleaning their home. They unfortunately moved to America.

ReferencesYes, three

What the reference saidTashie cleaned and took care of our laundry until we moved to Joburg. She also played with our two children (2 and 4 years old) in the afternoons and we were very happy with her.

Tashie cleaned our offices in Techno Park to my full satisfaction until we relocated.

Tashie usually cleans with me 1 day a week but I travel often so I don't always need her assistance. She is a very reliable and punctual worker and truly deserves full time work. She is absolutely honest and pays attention to detail. The house always feels and smells fresh when she leaves.

Our observationTashie likes to clean and play with children. On weekends, she goes to church and enjoys listening to music.

Name:   8.) Berta Mauzeca - cleaner or nanny for toddlers, can follow a 

                                               recipe, loves children, has had twins herself

                                            infant and child CPR course, Baby play and

                                               development course

Nationality: Mosambican

Born: in 1981

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyIn Zimbabwe, Berta was working for a family full time for 3 years. When she started to work for them their youngest child was 6 months old. She unfortunately lost their telephone number for a reference. In South Africa, she worked for a family one day only. Her duties were cleaning the house and playing with their 5 year old boy. They gave her a good reference. In the meantime Berta has found work and is only looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidBerta only worked for us one day because that day we needed extra help. We will certainly ask her to come again should we need her to. She arrived and left with a smile and I can truly say that my 5 year old boy adored playing with her. She went out of her way to play hide and seek and colour in with him.

Our observationBerta says she likes to communicate and to socialize on weekends. She has cooked easy meals for the previous employer's kids and is an extrovert. She has twins herself which are almost school age and stay in Zimbabwe with her mother.

Name: 9.) Nola Mtshazo - cleaner or nanny for babies, can cook

Nationality: South African 

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: in or out 

Livesin Nomzamo 

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 6 months old

Her storyNola worked at a restaurant for 3 years, where she cooked and cleaned. After that, she started working for a family and she has been working for them for 3 years now once a week. We contacted them for a testimonial. 

References: Yes, one 

What the reference saidNola is currently working for me every Thursday. She has been working for me for 3 years now and I find her very trustworthy, hardworking and reliable. I fully trust her and think she will be a plus for every employer. I will understand it if she finds full time work to improve her income.

Our observationNola likes cooking and describes herself as friendly, honest and talkative. On weekends, she goes to church.

Name: 10.) Jennifer Zaro cleaning lady

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1969

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4500 or R 230/day

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyJennifer currently works 1day/week as a cleaning lady and we contacted the family for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidJennifer works for us Mondays and started with us about 6 months ago. She is a very nice lady and you can completely trust her. She is a Chrisitian and hard working. I also like her time keeping. We would love to keep her on a Monday but should she find a full time position we will understand.

Our observationJennifer likes to work with children and to iron most. On Sundays she goes to church. She enjoys to read the bible and to do chores around the house.

Name: 11.) Amelia Bolofo -  cleaning lady or nanny for newborns, basic

                                               early childhood development + stimulation +

                                               home management couse, cooked for kids

Nationality: South African

Born: 1978

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R3800

Stay in/outout

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): Enlgish, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyAmelia worked for one family for a year. Their youngest child was a newborn and the older one 1 year old. Then she worked for a family with 3 small children as a nanny and cleaner. We have a testimonial from both families.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidAmelia worked for us for just over a year. My daughter was just born when she started to work for us and our oldest child a year old. Amelia is lovely and an incredibly hard worker. She is very trustworthy and my kids adored her.

Amelia worked for us full time for over 3 years. We were very happy with her. She cleaned our house, took care of the laundry and of our 3 young children aged a few months, 2 years and 3 years. Amelia always had a smile on her face and the kids loved to play with her. She is neat herself and my rooms and cupboards were always well organized. She ironed well and was willing to learn how to cook. We needed a sleep in domestic and Amelia couldn't sleep in. That was the reason why we had to sadly let her go.

Our observationAmelia describes herself as reliable, honest and trustworthy. she says she always has a smile on her face. She likes to cook and Sundays goes to church. On weekends she plays cricket with the children and meets friends.

Name: 12.) Rose Daniel - cleaner or nanny for toddlers, CPR course

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1981

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: 3800

Stay in/outin or out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 2 and 5 years old

Her storyRose worked for the same family for one year until they got divorced and could no longer afford her. We phoned them for a testimonial. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidRose worked for us for just over a year. She slept in with us and first looked after both children all day. They were 2 and 5 years old when she started to work for us. But soon we realized that cleaning the house and taking care of the laundry while looking after our children is not possible and the little one went to creche in the mornings. Rose is trustworthy, irons well (also did my husband's shirts) and has a good attitude towards her work. I can really recommend her.

Our observationRose says she lovs to work with children and also likes a clean house. When she does a sleep in job on weekends she says she gets everything ready so that her husband can care for himself during the week. 

Name: 13.) Patricia Mandeya - cleaning lady, her children stay in Zim so 

                                                    she is very flexible

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born in: 1970

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyPatricia worked for a family two days a week. She then worked in a guesthouse full time over summer and when it became quiet in winter they reduced their staff. We contacted the family for a reference. Patricia also has restaurant experience. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPatricia is very trustworthy, cleans and irons well. She was great when I explained something to her and uses her own initiative. 

Our observationPatricia is a mature cleaner who likes children and on weekends goes to church. She is divorced and her children stay in Zimbabwe. 

Name: 14.) Nivy Chinyere - cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1982

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 years old

Her storyNivy worked for a family part time for a year. She helped occasionally to look after a 3 year old child and cleaned. She then worked for a family with teenage children and we contacted both families for a testimonial. 

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidNivy worked for me for 1 year. She only cleaned for me, but I asked her to play with my 3 year old girl a couple of times. She is very willing and always tries her best.

Nivy worked for full time. We moved away and that is the only reason why she is no longer working for us. She cleaned and ironed, is honest and very reliable.

Our observationNivy is a quiet and friendly lady. On weekends she goes to the beach with her friends and to church.

Name: 15.) Isaac Dlamini - housekeeper and gardener, has a driver's

                                             license, can do maintenance, all-rounder

Nationality: South African 

Born: in 1968

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R 4500

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa 

Driver’s licence: Yes

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 15 and 17 years

His storyIsaac worked for a family for 6 months. He cleaned their house, ironed, drove the children to school, did the gardening and pool. He was the only worker there, until the couple seperated and they could no longer afford him. We called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidIsaac worked for us for about 6 months full time until my partner and I separated and he still went on working for him for a while. He cleaned the house and had a lot of ironing to do as we iron all our bedding. It was an advantage that he's got a driver's license. He did grocery shopping for us. Once my cat looked not well to him and he phoned me at work. We met at the vet. He certainly takes initiative without being in your way. Sometimes he came on a Saturday too. We have a huge house and he also took care of the garden and pool. He is intelligent and hand-on, sees what to do next and works unsupervised. He had a good relationship with my teenage children and drove them to school a few times until my son had a license himself. His one parent is from Malawi and the other one South African. We really hope he can find a family that will appreciate him and can afford him.

Our observationIsaac says he is an all rounder when it comes to work. He likes friendly people and in his free time enjoys watching soccer.

Name: 16.) Nozi Mgqoko cleaning lady, loves animals, worked for the 

                                            same family for 4 years

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1977

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Xhosa, 

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyNozi worked for a family full time for 4 years until the employer moved away. We contacted them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidNozi worked for us for nearly 5 years until we moved. She is an excellent and trustworthy lady. She likes to do things perfectly is very teachable and humble. If you would like her to do things in a certain way just show her and if you would like her to change something just tell her, she changes it immediately. She also irons well.

Our observationNozi says she loves children and animals. She is a well experienced cleaning lady who has children and already grandchildren and in her free time likes to spend time with them.

Name: 17.) Yanda Mbambanicleaning lady

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout 

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyYanda worked for a cleaning company and one day took a client's telephone number to work for them privately. The family had a one year old child and sometimes Yanda quickly looked after the one year old.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidWe approached a cleaning company for one lady one day/week. They sent us Yanda and we are very happy with her. She cleans thoroughly and uses her own initiative. I don't like it if I have to tell cleaning ladies every 5 min. what to do. I am sure she will please her new employer. We would of course like to keep her the one day a week but will understand if she can find full time work instead.

Our observation: Yanda' own two children live in the Eastern Cape. She likes to cook and to work with people. She is very social and to communicate.

Name: 18.) Nodia Kwiti - cleaning lady, likes to cook & bake

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1993

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyNodia worked for a Dutch family for 3 years until they moved back to Holland. Sometimes she looked after their youngest child but she mainly cleaned and took care of the laundry. We contacted them via email for a testimonial. Nodia hasn't cooked for other people but loves cooking and is willing to be taught. One Stop Domestic found a stand in position for her for a domestic on leave and we also contacted that employer for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidNodia worked for us for 3 years as a housekeeper until we moved back to Holland. She uses her own initiative and is nice to have around. Our children liked her from the start and she sometimes played with our youngest child who was at that stage 2 years old. She would follow my instructions regarding the child 100% and was very responsible with the children but still fun. They got along well and the way she treated our children was also nice to me.  She is a very good lady, kind and reliable and I can recommend her to anyone.

Nodia was a stand in domestic for 3 weeks for our lady on leave. After an initial introduction she went on herself and I was satisfied with her work.

Our observationNodia likes to communicate and learn new things. In her free time she bakes and meets friends. She likes children and on weekends cleans her own house and does her own ironing.

Name: 19.) Zivai Mlambo - cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1988

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 4 years old

Her storyIn Zimbabwe, Zivai worked for a family for 3 years until she came to South Africa. Here she was a stand-in domestic for 1 month and is now looking for full-time work and we called that family for a testimonial. She cleans for a family each Saturday so is only available Monday to Friday.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidZivai was a stand in lady for us for 1 month and we still phone her occasionally when we need her. She is very punctual, reliable and trustworthy. Our children are 4 and 8 years old and they are both very attached to her. She is pleasant to have around, cleans well and is always in a good mood.

Our observationOn weekends, Zivai meets with friends and goes to church. She says that she likes children very much.

Name: 20.) Zuki Makinana - cleaning lady or nanny for babies, early

                                               childhood development and stimulation and

                                               housekeeping certificates, can cook

Nationality: South African

born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

LivesIn the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyZuki worked for 3 years for a shoe selling shop in Cape Town. She worked there every day and did a bit of everything. She cleaned the shelves, floors and toilets, operated the till and did the pay slips. Then the shoe shop closed down. Zuki then helped the lady who employs her husband as a gardener. We called both for a testimonial and have a copy of her certificates. In the meantime we placed Zucki. She's still looking for work on the day(s) above.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidZuki was our bigges asset around. She worked for us for 3 years and was sick only a few days. She is dedicated and hard working and was good with our clients. Zuki is loyal and I am sure if she starts with a family she is comitted to work there for a very long time. Zuki worked for me off and on when my own cleaning lady was not there. Her husband has been our gardener for years. Zuki works well and knows everything about house cleaning. She cooked for us when I couldn't do it and was fine with our dog inside the house. Her ironing was up to standard and our children are already grown ups.

Our observationZuki says she likes animals and children. She lives together with her husband who works full time and their children are with grandma in the Eastern Cape. Zuki describes herself as a hard working person who is friendly and loyal.

Name: 21.) Patience Matsongoni - cleaning lady, early development and

                                                         stimulation course

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Monthly salary: R3800

Lives: in Eersterivier

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: Zimbabwean driver's licence

Smoker: No

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

Her storyPatience cleans every Saturday for the same family. In Zimbabwe, she worked for a restaurant. We called the family for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidPatience cleans our house every Saturday. She sometimes plays with our children and is very good with them, although her main work with us is to clean and iron She is always on time, cleans our house well and is okay with our two cats and big dog.

Our observationPatience describes herself as humble. She likes to clean and iron and on weekends meets up with friends.

Name: 22.) Gloria Munkwa - cleaning lady or nanny for school children,

                                              home based care and child minding certificate

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1982

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: Considers any offers!

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 9 years old

Her storyFor 9 years, Gloria has been working for a laundry in Somerset West, but they only call her when they need her and that's why she is looking for full-time domestic work. For the last 2 months, she has been cleaning for the same family every Saturday and we called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidGloria has been working for us for 2 months now every Saturday. She works at the laundry we use and one day I just approached her. She is very reliable and cleans to our full satisfaction. She is always punctual and does what you tell her. She only cleans with us, but I can see that she is good with children. She even taught our child a few words in Xhosa. I am a goldsmith and once forgot some jewlery at home and Gloria just put it in a neat heap and nothing went missing. I can really recommend her because she is such a good person and cleans very well.

Our observationIn her free time, Gloria follows soccer and rugby and plays with her own children. She likes to stay at home on weekends and is really keen to find a permanent job.

Name: 23.) Noluvuyo Ntombana cleaning lady, home management course

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Xhosa, understands a bit Afrikaans

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyNoluvuyo works in Stellenbosch for a wine company when they call her. She cleans, packs shelves and lables bottles. Now she would like to become a domestic worker for more regular job and a better income. One of her two children lives in the Eastern Cape and one with her and her husband in Stellenbosch. We called the wine company for a reference and have a copy of her home management certificate.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidNolu has been working for us for 3 years now. Many of us call her happyness because that is her nickname. We always phone her when we need her and she is currently here with us. We are a wine manufacturing company and I am the manager. Nolu sticks out with her sunshine personality. She's always in a good mood, not demanding at all and follows instructions well. We hope she can find full time work to improve her income and be able to care even better for her two teenage children.

Our observationNolyvulo describes herself as a family person who likes to work with people. On weekends she cleans her own house, meets friends and goes to church on Sundays.

Name: 24.) Fundiswa Thembani - cleaner or nanny for newborns

Nationality: South African 

Born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out 

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa 

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyFundiswa worked for almost 3 years at a guesthouse and also has cleaning company experience. When the guesthouse's low season arrived she found herself sleep in work in in Johannesburg where she cleaned, ironed and looked after the baby alone from 4 months of age. After 3 years the grandmother came to stay with the family and she was no longer needed. That family gave her a nice testimonial. In the meantime we placed her and now she still needs work on the day(s) marked green above.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidFundiswa worked for us for 3 years as a sleep in lady. She was involved with our baby from when the baby was born but from when baby was 4 months old I went back to work and she cared for the baby alone and was very responsible. My mother then came to stay with us and we unfortunately no longer needed her. It would have been too expensive for us to keep her, having my mother around. 

Fundiswa worked at our guesthouse in Port Elisabeth for 2,5 years. Here she had to do a bit of everything, prepare and serve breakfast, clean the rooms and check in guests. We were very happy with her and would have employed her further if she would not have decided to stop working for us herself.

Our observationFundiswa loves children, cooking and is good at cleaning bathrooms. She describes herself as talkative, smiles a lot and likes helping. Her hobbies include reading and watching TV. She likes looking after her own house. She also goes to church on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: 25.) Nontu Yenani - cleaning lady, likes animals

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1980

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outin or out

LivesEersterivier

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 years old

Her story: Nontu is a Christian who has sucessfully been placed by One Stop Domestic until the employers could no longer afford herIf someone has the time to teach her she's is willing to cook for her new family. She was a stand in dometic twice a week for a nanny on her annual leave. There she cleaned, took care of the laundry and played with a 3 year old child. 

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidNontu is very friendly, well spoken, intelligent and I am very happy with her standard of cleaning. She gets along with all my cats and dogs and there are quite a few of them.

Nontu worked for us in December 2015/January 2016 when our domestic was on a 5 week leave. She came every Monday and Friday, cleaned the house, operated the washing machine herself, ironed and played with our 3 year old in the afternoons. He loved her very much and she took trouble with him. We will certainly take her again should she be available as a stand in domesic.

Our observation: Nontu is calm and friendly. Her English is very good.  She describes herself as passionate about children and says she likes a clean house. Her free time she spends reading or with her only child who was born in 2003.

Name  26.) Rumbi Maguri cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Rumbi worked 2 days/week for a family with 5 children. Mornings she cleaned and afternoons cleaned and played with some of the children. They could no longer afford a cleaning woman and we called the family for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Rumbi is very honest and manages well with my 5 children. She is mature, punctual and most of the time earlier at our house than what she needs to be. She is flexible and prepared to help out on other days as well or work overtime. Rumbi is never demanding and will fit in anywhere.

Our observation: Rumbi’s English is good. She is rather quiet and cleaned to our full satisfaction at the practical exercise. She was also good with my toddler, neat and very thankful for being able to register with us.

Name: 27.) Sylvia Kholiwe - cleaning lady, irons very well

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1974

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Sylvia cleaned for an elderly person for a year until the person passed away. She was then a security officer and was retrenched. One Stop Domestic placed her sucessfully as a cleaning lady full time for 2 years. She is currently still with that family. They pay her R3500/month. Because Sylvia's landlord increased the rent a lot she is looking for full time work for R4000/month. The family gave her a nice testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: We got Sylvia from One Stop Domestic about 2 years ago. She has been working for us full time as a cleaning lady ever since. Due to financial circumstances we can only afford to pay her R3500/month. As her landlord has put up the rent she now asks for R4000 which we simply can't afford. Sylvia is a hard working and quit lady. She wants to please you and is honest. I can strongly recommend her. We will try keep her until she has found other work.

Our observation: Sylvia is a quiet lady who likes children. In her free time she likes to read and Sundays goes to church.

Name: 28.) Tumie Mbayeka cleaner or nanny for babies, children's 1st aid

                                                 and home care certificate

Nationality: South African

Born: In 1980

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outin or out

Livesin Khayelitsha

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Tumie is a Christian and originally from Eeast London. There her sister works permanently for a family and whenever the sister was sick or on leave Tumie helped in her place.  Then Tumie moved to Cape Town and worked for 2 days a week in a family. But she had to go back to the Eastern Cape where she worked full time for an offices babysitting room, where they look after babies from 6 weeks of age. She left her own children in the Eastern Cape and is now looking for full time work around Somerset or Cape Town, preferably sleep in work but char she says is also fine.

Tumie currently works for a family Monday to Friday. A job she found herself. But she is very unhappy there because of a very low payment. She asks that her new employers can do an interview or test working day on a Saturday.

References: Yestwo

What the reference saidTumie's sister has been working for us for 10 years now and Tumie helped us out a lot. Whenever her sister was ill or on leave. Tumie was always friendly, puncutal and well presented. She really deserves a full time postition but we can't afford two cleaners.

Tumie worked for us as a babysitter (creche). The children are between 2 months and 8 years old and she was good with all ages. We let her do a first aid course for children and infants and she was a great worker. She moved to the Western Cape in order to try and work for a family and get a higher income. She also had to keep the creche clean and knows how to make a place look neat.

Our observationTumie is calm and friendly.  She likes children and on the weekends goes for a walk and to church. 

Name: 29.) Funeka Mazomba cleaning lady or nanny for newborns,

                                                    cooked dinner for the whole family

Nationality: South African

Born: In 1977

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Daily wage: R200

Livesin Khayelitsha

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyFuneka's employer approached us to help find her more days as she is such a wonderful lady. She started to work for her current employer in 2000 already but because the children are in creche it is now only one day a week. Since 2004 she is working for another family also. We called both employers for a reference. Funeka loves cooking and cooked supper for the whole family. 

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Funeka has been working for me for 15 years now. First full time then we had to reduce her hours because the children went to creche. She is very reliable and honest and great with children. She raised two children for us from newborn, cleaned, ironed and did other chores around the house. I can recommend her to anyone. 

Funeka is super trustworthy. She has the keys to our house and uses her own initiative when she cleans as we are not at home when she comes. She is always friendly towards us and lets us know if she can't come which doesn't happen often.

Our observationFuneka is very friendly. By working for the same family now for 15 years she shows that she is interested in a long term relationship with her employers. We could also see her passion for children.

Name: 30.) Porcia Kobi - cleaner, basic cooking, home based care course 

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1988

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Monthly salary: R4000

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyPorcia worked for a cleaning company but resigned because the salary was extremely low. She is now looking for a new challenge again and wouldn't mind to look after an elderly person or be a cleaner and child minder.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPorica worked for our cleaning company for 3 years. She was always on time and very friendly. She left out of her own and she is a very good cleaner. I can certainly recommend her.

Our observationPorcia likes to clean and to cook. In her free time she meets with friends and cleans her own house.

Name: 31.) Fezeka Komeni cleaning lady, likes to cook

Nationality: South African

Born: In 1978

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Khayelitsha

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Fezeka worked for a family with grown up children twice a week. She cleaned and took care of their laundryWe called them for a testimonial. She is an extrovert who likes to communicate and although she hasn't worked with children before says she would like to be a nanny and she likes to cook. So if someone takes the time to teach her she is willing to cook for you.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Fezeka has been working for me for 3 years until I went on a very long overseas trip. She was working for me twice a week and I can say she was very punctual and reliableShe was a hard worker who used her own initiative. She earned my trust and I am sure she will only be an advantage to anyone's housekeeping.

Our observation: Fezeka is very open and answered all our qustions without hesitation. She likes to talk and to communicate and says she wants to be told immediately if she made a mistake and that she likes honesty and a clean house.

Name: 32.) Cindy Lottering - cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyCindy worked twice a week as a office cleaning. She then found herself full time stand in work which ends on the 15th of December 2017. We called the office for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidCindy worked for us twice a week. Our offices are in Asla park. She was always punctual and everyone liked her. She cleans well and uses her own initiative. She is always there, very reliable and we can strongly recommend her to anyone. 

Our observation: Cindy is a friendly lady who describes herself as enduring, open minded and neat. On weekends she goes to church and is also involved in her community's church. She does not have own children, which might be an advantage since there are no children who can become sick or miss a school bus.

Name: 33.) Sue Ndlovu - cleaning lady or nanny for school children,

                                         basic childcare, cooking and teaching certificate

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1978

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storySue worked at a guest house for 6 months and then as a voluntary Gr. R assistant for 1.5 years at a primary school. Then Sue was a teacher in training at another primary school and worked for a family, which we called for a testimonial. After that she looked after a sick person. One Stop Domestic found temporary work for her with a family in Somerset West and now she is again looking for a new challenge.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Sue worked mostly for us in the kitchen. She was very focused and had a good attitude. She was always punctual and did vegan cooking for us. I can certainly recommend her.

Sue worked for us for 1 year and looked after my one year old child. She was punctual and responsible but did not really connect with the child. I would recommend that she looks after older children.

Our observationSue was a little shy at first. She is softly spoken and well mannered. She presented us a neat and complete CV. On weekends, Sue likes to read and do art. She likes to teach children and to cook.

Name: 34.) Gina Nimrod - cleaning lady

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1967

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): Afrikaans, English

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: Yes, but only in morning and evening

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

Her story: Gina worked as a cleaning lady for 2 years. The family moved away but gave her a nice testimonial. Then she worked for 2 years for a cleaning company but was retrenched when they closed down. In the meantime she has found work again and is now looking for work on the green day(s) above.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Gina worked for us for 2 years until we moved too far away. She is very trustworthy and takes own initiative. She worked unsupervised in our house. You can trust her with your house and I can certainly recommend her.

Our observation: Gina says she loves a clean house. On weekends she meets with friends and Sundays goes to church. Her children are already grown-ups.

Reserved for Vicky but only for Monday and Thursday

Name: 35.) Valerie Koopman - cleaning lady, irons well

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1969

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Gordon's Bay

Language(s): English, Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyValerie worked for a family for 4 years as a cleaning lady. She then fell pregnant with her last child and decided to resign in order to spend more time with her child. The family had to fill her position and we called them for a testimonial. In the meantime we placed Valerie and now she is still looking for the day(s) above.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidValerie worked for us for 4 years. She is hard working and irons very fast. She was always punctual and we never had any problems with her. I can really recommend her as a cleaning lady.

One Stop Domestic placed Valerie with us and although we were very suspicious in the beginning as she can not read or write we are so impressed with her that we can recommend her to anyone. She works for us 3days/week and we communicate via whatsapp voice messages or call each other. I will never trade her for a lazy lady who can read and write!

Our observationValerie goes to church on Sundays and describes herself as a calm person who likes to spend time with her family on weekends.

Name: 36.) Felicia Nkosiyane - cleaning lady, did cleaning course

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1976

Which days available?

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

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/out: out

Lives: in the Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa, understands a bit Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Felicia's current employer approached us to find more days for this nice lady. She works for them 1day/week and if we find her full time work she will go clean there on Saturdays. The employer gave her a very nice reference.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Felicia has been working for us for 2 years now. She is a lovely lady who is friendly and well presented. She communicates well and I can highly recommend her.

Our observation: Felicia especially likes ironing and window cleaning. On weekends she goes to church and cleans her own house.

Name: 37.) Judy Chikwiti - cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: sleep in R3500; sleep out R4000

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Somerset Park in a flat

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 4 years old

Her story: Judy worked for a family full time for 3 months. Their youngest child then went to creche and they no longer needed her. In the meantime she found work again and is now still looking for work on the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidJudy worked for us for 3 months full time until our youngest child also went to a creche. The children were 9 and 4 years old and the youngest one was often alone with her when I was not at home. She cleaned and ironed as well, my children liked her a lot and I can definitely recommend her.

Our observation: Judy describes herself as easy going and she likes to play with children. In her free time she rides the bicycle with her brother. Her children live in Zim.

Name: 38.) Cynthia Mudzengerere-cleaner or nanny for toddlers, can cook

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R220

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 years old

Her storyCynthia worked as a sleep in for a family in Somerset for 2 years. And when she gave birth to her own child she resigned. She is currently working part time for a family who will soon have their second child. We called them for a testimonial. Cynthia likes that family very much and would prefer if we can fill her week instead of finding her full time work.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidCynthia has been working for us for almost a year. I am expecting our second child. But even when baby will be born we won't need her more days. Cynthia is a thorough cleaner who is very clued up. She does extra things and sees work. When my 3 year old comes from creche he likes to play with her and she is very patient with him.

Our observationCynthia is a Christian who cleans who enjoys to play with children. On weekends she goes to church and cleans her own house.

Name: 39.) Agent Nkomo - housekeeper, worked in 5 star hotel

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1981

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4500

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

His story: Agent worked for a 5 star hotel as a housekeeper for 6 months full time (shift work) until his contract ended. We contacted the manager for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Agent worked for us for 6 months in high season. We are a well known wine farm with a 5 star hotel. He worked in the housekeeping section and I found him both friendly and hard working. 

Our observation: Agent describes himself as an experienced housekeeper who is trustworthy. In his free time he likes to sing or read and to meet with friends.

Name: 40.) Patience Sam - cleaner or nanny for babies

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1973

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R3500

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Patience worked for 5 years for a family full time until the parents got divorced and the mother could no longer afford her.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Patience worked for us for 5 years. She took care of my 1 year old son and cleaned the house/did the laundry. She is hard working and friendly and always on time. I can definitely recommend her. We had to let her go because of financial reasons only.

Our observation: Patience likes a clean house and likes plants. On weekends she is involved in her church, trades with books and spends time with her family.

Name: 41.) Genevieve Celestie - cleaning lady or nanny for newborns

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Daily wage: R200

Livesin Macassar

Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Xhosa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyGenevieve worked for a family for 18 months. When she started to work for them their baby was 2 months old and she was in daytime alone with the baby at home. Both parents worked. When the boy went to a full time creche, they no longer needed Genevieve. She then worked for a family for 3 months until they could no longer afford her. Their baby was a newborn when Genevieve started to work there and she took care of the baby many mornings when the mother went to the gym or shops.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidGenevieve worked for us for 18 months. I can strongly recommend her as a child minder. She looked after our boy from when he was 2 months old, cleaned our house and did the ironing. She was very trustworthy and loving towards our boy. She was always flexible if she needed to come in earlier or stay later. It was a privilege to have her as a part of our family. She had a positive influence on our son's development. She took instructions easily but also made good decisions on her own and I can recommend her to any family with children. Our boy now went to creche and we could no longer afford her.

Genevieve worked for us for 6 months. Our only child was a newborn then. She always watched the baby when I went out in the mornings to do shopping etc.. and was very good with our baby. We were also happy with her cleaning and ironing and had no problems with her whatsoever. I work from home and we could unfortunately no longer afford her, otherwise she would still be working for us.

Our observationGenevieve says she is passionate about children, she likes cleaning and on weekends she goes to church or to the beach with her husband and child.

Name: 42). Albert Ngwira - cleaner, gardener, artisan work

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Chichewa

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyAlbert'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 saidAlbert 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 observationAlbert 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: 43.) Sylvia Mouers- cleaning lady, can cook and bake, likes kids

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1960

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Grabouw

Language(s): Afrikaans, English

Driver’s license: Yes, but must be renewed

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 1 year old.

Her storyFor the last 4 years Sylvia worked for a take away in Grabouw. Here she mostly cooked breakfast and lunch for the fisheries and clients. A butchery and fishery were part of the shop. When it was quiet she cleaned the shop and bathrooms. Then One Stop Domestic placed her into a family with a 1 year old boy. She was only responsible for him and did some cleanig when he slept. But the travelling turned out to be too far for her from Grabouw as it was between Somerset and Stellenbosch. So now she is looking for a new challenge again.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidSylvia was working for us from 2012-2016. She left out of her own. She is a very friendly and helpful person. Her main duty was cooking but when she was finished in the back she helped to pack shelves. We highly recommend her.

We got Sylvia through One Stop Domestic and she worked for us for about 3 months full time. She was the nanny of our 1 year old boy. He liked her from the start. Then the transport was too much for her and we don't have sleep in facilities. We hope she will soon find work closer to Grabouw, maybe in Gordon's Bay, Strand or the right area of Somerset.

Our observationSylvia is friendly and spontaneous. She is interested in a long term relationship with her new employer. She is very fit for her age and on weekends goes to church and cleans her own house.

Name: 45.) Prim Jecha - cleaning lady

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: Sleep in R3500, Sleep out R4000

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 4 months old

Her storyPrim worked for a family full time for 2 months until a relative of the family moved in to come help and to save some money. So now she is looking for a new challenge again

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPrim worked for us as a child minder of our 4 month old baby. She was fully in charge of caring for the baby. She is reliable and trustworthy. When baby slept she did some light housework we were happy with. After she was with us for 2 months having a nanny worked out expensive for us and my family moved in with us to help me. That's the only reason we had to let her go.

Our observationPrim likes to cook and take walks. On weekends she likes to read and write stories.

Name: 46.) Idah Macheya - cleaner or nanny for babies, creche experience

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1979

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun or full time

Stay in/out: out

Daily wage: R200

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyIdah is a Christian who worked for a creche for one year. Then they reduced her days and she struggled to get work for the remaining 2 days. She then found herself full time work, cleaning for a family for a year until they could no longer afford her. And now she is looking for a new challenge again. We called both for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said:  Idah has been working for me for a year. I have a daycare with children from 1 to 5 years of age and she helped me wherever I needed her. Didn't only clean but was also involved with the children. I then had to reduce her days from 5 to 3 days a week because of financial reasons.  And because I had 2 other ladies employed who were with me longer than Idah. My creche is in Somerset West and I can say only the best about Idah. She was punctual, never sick, never full of stories or excuses and if she would be prepared to work for me for 3 days a week only which she is not I would take her immediately, so she left out of her own will and I wish her the very best and hope she will find a nice family who can employ her for 5 days.

Idah worked for us for about one year until we could no longer afford her because my husband was retrenched. She is very hard working and cleaned our house from Mon to Fri very well. I was also happy with her ironing and she was well mannered.

Our observation:  Idah is soft spoken and shy at first. In her free time she likes to read and go to church. She also loves to spend time with her family and play with her children. Idah likes to communicate, likes children and likes to iron. 

Name: 47.) Lydia Emilda Ndove - cleaning lady

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1983

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: 3800

Stay in/out: prefers stay out but could do a sleep in/sleep out combination

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Lydia was working for a cleaning company for 4 years. She then had to go to Zimbabwe because of a sick family member and stayed there longer than planned and when she came back the cleaning company had filled her position. During her 4 years with them she was cleaning an elderly lady's house for one year one day a week and we contacted her for a testimonial.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: I contracted cleaning services to give me a lady one day a week. For about a year they send me Lydia and we got on really well. She is always friendly and helpful and doesn't have an attitude at all. She does everything you tell her with a smile. When she had to stay in Zim longer than planned to the company had to fill her position and now another lady of them cleans for me. I sometimes let Lydia come on a Saturday to clean my garage properly and do odd things and she was always on time and did that as well to my full satisfaction. I hope One Stop Domestic can find her a full time position for her to support her family in Zim.

Our observation: Lydia is a quiet lady who describes herself as humble and hard working On weekends she goes to church and cleans her own house or watches TV. She says she is looking for a long term job.

Name: 48.) Lelanie Jakobs - cleaner or nanny for babies

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1982

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s)Afrikaans, English

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 6 months old

Her story: Lelanie worked for two years as a domestic for the same family until the family moved. She then helped out at a Gordon’s Bay guesthouse, cleaning the rooms and now a woman calls her to clean her house whenever she needs her. We called that woman for a testimonial. Lelanie lives together with her mother and her son who was born in 2007. She is a Christian who describes herself as honest, punctual and a hard working woman. 

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: Lelanie is a good worker.  I always made her a to do list for the day what had to be done and she worked it off. She was always punctual and hardly ever sick. My children were 1,5 and 3 years old and she was fabulous with them and I would say that looking after children is her strongest point.

Lelanie is friendly and honest. When she worked for us we had a baby of 6 months and she helped me with the baby while I was around, feeding him and playing with him as well as changing nappies etc. but she also looked after the baby when I quickly had to go places.

Our observation: Lelanie cleans properly, is good with children but doesn’t like cooking.  She is self confident and a good communicator.

Name: 49.) Linda Hassiem - cleaner or nanny for babies, likes children and

                                               animals

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1968

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand, Rusthof

Language(s)AfrikaansEnglish

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: Yes, but little

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 months old

Her storyLinda worked for the same family for 9 years until they moved away. We called them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidLinda worked for us full time for 9 years until we moved to a new house, where the public transport would have gotten too expensive for Linda. Our children are now also older. It is with a sad heart that we had to say goodbye to her. She looked after my son and practically raised my daughter, who is now 9 years old. She played a big role in their lives. Linda sometimes cooked for us and was always on time. If she could, on rare occasions, not make it to work, she always let us know.

Our observation: Linda is a hard working and humble woman who is a go-getter. Her 3 children are grown up and she is looking for sleep out work. Linda is an extrovert who likes children and animals who goes to church on Sundays and goes to church on Sundays.

Name: 50.) Esther Gama - cleaning lady, likes children and animals    

Nationality: Malawian

Born: in 1995

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin Khayelitsha

Language(s): English, Chewa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyEsther is one of our top gardenboy's wife. We managed to fill all his days and he is dedicated and all employers praise him. Esther worked in Malawi at a receptionst for a gym but here in South Africa cleans for a man whenever he calls her. Both her children stayed behind in Malawi and she wants to send money to them and the grandmother. We called that family for a testimonial. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Ester is our gardener's wife. She sometimes comes in when we need extra help and works under the supervision of our cleaning lady. She is like our gardener always on time and energetic. We like her a lot but don't need her often. It would be fantastic for her to be able to find full time employment and for that we can recommend her.

Our observationEsther likes both cats and dogs and is passionate about children. She and her husband want to both work full time and send money to Malawi for their children. Weekends the two of them meet with friends or do odd jobs in order to get more money. Esther says she won't disappoint her employer as she is very dedicated and eager to find work.

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Name: 51.) Susan Musengezi - cleaner or nanny for school children

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: sleep in R3500, sleep out 4000

Stay in/outin or out

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? yes, 8 years old

Her story: Susan worked for 3 years for the same family. We contacted them for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Susan worked for us for about 3 years. Our children were grown up so she only did the cleaning and ironing but sometimes looked afer our nieces and nephews ( around 8 years of age ) on some weekends. I found her to be hardworking, very punctual and she always kept to her schedule and chores. She is very trustworthy and I can recommend her for any position that might be available for her.

Our observation: Susan likes to clean and also likes kids. She describes herself as hardworking and humble and evenly tempered. In her free time she likes to run and on weekends goes to church.

Name: 52.) Ezethu Nguphi - cleaning lady

Nationality: South African 

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): Xhosa, English 

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyEzethu worked for a construction company where she controlled the traffic. She then worked for the municipality again, to clean rivers and alien vegetation. Both were contract jobs and now that the contracts have expired she is looking for domestic claning work to be able to work for one employer for a long time. She can clean and iron.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidEzethu worked for us on a 2 month contract basis, she had to control the traffic on a construction site. She was always on time and very consistent with her work.

Ezethu worked for us for 6 months. She is hardworking and a sweet lady and I can recommend her. She was punctual and had to work in bad weather conditions too. She was very reliable. We unfortunately only give out 6 months contracts so there was no chance for her to stay with us longer.

Our observationEzethu says she is good at ironing and reliable. She is hardworking and in her free time likes spending time with her family. 

Name: 53.) Lisa Dadirai - cleaning lady or nanny for toddlers, hotel and

                                          catering certificate

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1991

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin Mfuleni

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 4 years old

Her storyLisa worked for a family with a 4 year old child. After that, she worked at a restaurant, where she cleaned and cooked. We phoned the manager of the restaurant for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidLisa worked for us for 1 year at our restaurant, where she cleaned and cooked. Unfortunately, our restaurant closed down and the staff was retrenched. Before us I know that she worked for a family with a 4 year old. I found her to be an exellent worker.

Our observationLisa says she is good at multitasking and is willing to take any kind of work. On weekends, she goes to church and meets up with friends.

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Name: 54.) Evelyn Hlatini cleaner or nanny for toddlers, has driver's

                                             licence, own car and Au Pair course, wants to

                                             work with children also and not only clean, had

                                             keys to employer's house.

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1981

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly Salary: R4500 (comes with own car)

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand in a flat

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licenceYes and own car

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 3 years

Her storyFor 2 years Evelyn worked for a family in Erinvale 3 days a week until they could no longer afford her. She says she loves children and likes a clean house. We have a copy of her Ecucare Au Pair course which she paid for herself and called the family for a testimonial. Then we placed her in a family who also gave her a testimonial after her time with them was over. She is now looking for a new challenge again.

References: Yes, two

What the reference saidEvelyn has been working for us for almost 4 years. She comes highly recommended by us. Absolutely trustworthy, punctual and honest. She was almost never sick in 4 years. Evelyn is so clever and we almost found her over qualified for cleaning only. She also doesn't live in a township but is prepared to pay a bit more and live in a flat in the Strand where it is saver. She is great with children. We could only see her with visiting children every now and then of which the youngest one was about 3 years old. She is very patient with them and we often left her alone with the children. Unsupervised. She uses own initiative and often helped me in my office work, laminated for me. Because we have a second cleaning lady who works for us much longer we could no longer afford the two and had to make the decision to let her go. We can really recommend her to anyone. She has gone for a nanny course and has children of her own so I would certainly recommend her to a family with children as well.

We got Evelyn from One Stop Domestic and she was working for us for just over a year. Her duties were to clean our house in the mornings and play with our child in the afternoons. She works unsupervised and had the keys to our house. Because she has her own car she is not depending on public traffic. Our child was 3 years old when Evelyn started to work for us. Now our child goes daily to after care and there is not enough work for Evelyn any more. She loves to work with children and would now not see our child who got very attached to her any more at all. We now took a cleaning lady two days a week and with for Evelyn to find a family with children again soon as she is an excellent child minder....

Our observationEvelyn is one of the few ladies with not only a driver's licence but also her own car. So she doesn't depend on public transport. She is very friendly, smiles a lot and is passionate about children.

Name: 55.) Noxi Sitwayi - cleaning lady

Nationality: South African 

Born: in 1988

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Xhosa 

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyNoxi currently works for a Pizza place since the beginning of 2018. But due to bad payment she would rather like to clean a domestic home instead. She says she knows how to iron and how to work in a house. We contacted the pizzeria for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidNoxi is a good and friendly person. She works at our pizza place and does everything from cleaning, to making pizzas and dealing with clients. I can definitely recommend her for cleaning and will understand if she finds better paid work.

Our observationNoxi says she is hardworking, honest and likes to clean. On weekends, she goes to church.

Name: 56.) Zanele Siyotula - cleaning lady

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1990

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Daily wage: R200

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Stellenbosch

Language(s): English, Xhosa, understands a bit Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyZanele cleaned a restaurant for 2 years but when the restaurant closed down she forgot to ask them for a reference letter. She then did volunteerly cleaning work at an office in Stellenbosch but since it is not paid is looking for domestic work. We called her supervisor of the Stellenbosch offices. One Stop domestic found work for her and now she is still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidZanele has worked for us for 6 months. The ladies come walking to us from Kayamandi. We don't pay them but give them the opportunity to gain cleaning experience. They clean inside the offices, office rooms, bathrooms and office equipment and also work in our garden. We normally only take people for 6 months and understand of course should they resign earlier because they don't get a salary. Zanele is a fantastic worker. Was always on time and left with a smile. Did good cleaning and we all were happy with her. I can definitely recommend her for cleaning.

Our observationZanele likes new challenges and can iron as well. On weekends she likes to spend time with her family, to clean her own house and to read.

Name: 57.) Priscillar Mugoviwa-cleaner or nanny for toddlers, likes cooking

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1988

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Priscillar worked for a family with 4 children full time for several weeks until they could no longer afford her. We contacted them for a testimonial. She loves to cook and says she would not mind to cook for the entire family if someone has the time to teach her how he/she wants it to be done.  In the meantime she found full time work for herself but is very underpaid and would like to find a new family.

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Priscillar worked for us for only a few weeks until we realized we can no longer afford a domestic. There was absolutely nothing wrong with her and if we could afford it she would still be working for us.  But our circumstances changed over night. She cleaned thoroughly, ironed well and was friendly with our four children who were at that stage between 2 and 8 years old. The children were not her main task but she played with the 2 year old now and then in the afternoons.

Our observation: Priscillar is an introvert who is very friendly, polite and soft spoken.  She cleaned to our full satisfaction and thanked us for the opportunity to attend the course. In her free time she likes to read and spend time with her family.

Name: 58.) Hugh Gwatidzo - housekeeper

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1987

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4500

Stay in/out: in or out 

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

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

His story: Hugh worked for the same guesthouse as a cleaner, gardener and handy man for 5 years. The salary was very little especially in low season and Hugh decided to rather try work for a private family. 

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Hugh worked for our guesthouse for around 5 years. He had to do a bit of everything just like the ladies. Cleaned the rooms, made beds, served breakfast and booked in guests. He also did some regular maintenance and worked in the garden when it was very quiet. He then decided to rather try work for a family in order to have a more regular income and not have very little in low season which we understand. He is very reliable and I can recommend him.

Our observation: Hugh likes both cleaning and gardening. He is a quiet worker who is hardworking. In the summer he often goes for a swim and Sundays goes to church.

Name: 59.) Esther Chiweshe - cleaning lady or nanny for school children,

                                                  busy doing a cooking course

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1986

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 9 and 13 years old

Her storyFor one year, Esther worked for a family until the husband of the family changed his shift and could look after the children. They first reduced her days and then cleaned the house themselves. While they had reduced her days she was working for a befriended family the other days. They moved to a small flat and also didn't need her any more. We contacted both families for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidEsther worked for us 2 days a week. She is very trustworthy and we could leave her alone in our house. She worked for us for 1 year and was never ill. She did not do child minding for us, but proved to be very good with animals.

Esther cleaned for us first full time then 3 days/week and then we managed to clean our house ourselves with my husband being at home in daytime and my mother moving in with us. Esther was with us for just over a year. She is very trustworthy. On her 1st week with us my husband accidentally left a lot of money in the pocket of his pants. When she washed them she simply gave it all to us saying she found it in the pants pocket. I know that is how it is supposed to be but I found it a great start. 

Our observationEsther says that she likes children very much. On weekends, she cleans her house, fixes her own clothes and goes to church.

Name: 60.) Letti Manyara - cleaning lady, good with animals, can cook

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1993

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R4000

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyFor 2 years, Letti worked for a family in Johannesburg while her parents looked after her twins in Somerset-West. She then decided to join them because she missed them too much. She does not have a problem being a sleep in lady as her children see her much more often now and the twins are already in primary school.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidLetti worked for us for 2 years. She is very reliable and trustworthy and we could always count on her even if it was on short notice. She is always willing to learn new things and she is a quick and thorough worker and very good with animals. She prepared our dinner when I was unable to do so. Letti left out of her own because she wanted to spend more time with her parents and children.

Our observationLetti describes herself as an easy-going person who, on weekends, likes to spend time with her family, take walks and go to church. She has done basic cooking before and is a quiet lady looking for a new challenge.

Name: 61.) Marie September - cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1975

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/outout

Daily wage: R200

Livesin Sir Lowry’s Pass

Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her story: Marie originally comes from the Karoo (Colesburg), worked for 5 years in Somerset as a sleep in and again slept in with another family for 3 years. The youngest child she had to care for was 1,5 years old. Marie had to do evening babysitting, general childcare and ran the household. In 2015 One Stop Domestic placed her full time as a sleep in. She still works there but the family now only needs her a few days a week on a sleep out basis. Now she is looking for work on the above days.

ReferencesYes, three

What the reference saidMarie slept in with us for three years until my husband lost his job and we could no longer afford her. She woke up every morning at 6 o’clock and then woke my daughter, made her porridge, combed her hair and got her ready for playschool.

Marie is very intelligent. Our youngest child was 1,5 years old when she started to work for us while the other two were 5 and 7 years old. She was always nice with the children and kept them busy and she was good with cleaning. We moved and our new house didn’t have sleep in facility but I can recommend her to anyone.

We got Marie through One Stop Domestic and she has been working for us for almost 2 years. She is like a mother to my children. But they now go to school and we can no longer afford her. She will be a great addition to any family. Her language skills in Afrikaans and English are great.

Our observation: Marie is very friendly, is outgoing and laughes a lot.  She says she likes a clean house and wants her washing always to be updated.

Name: 62.) Peace Chirara - cleaning lady or nanny for school kids, can cook

                                             Restaurant experience

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1991

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: out

Livesin the Strand

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 6 years old

Her storyPeace currently works for a family two days a week and we called them for a testimonial. They are not flexible in their days and can't exchange days should you need her on the days she is with them. She has been working there for a year now and they gave her a good reference (see below).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPeace has been working for us now just more than a year. We are very happy with her, nothing goes missing ever and she has never been sick either. She is also good with our animals and very punctual. She often plays with my 2 grandchildren aged 6 and 8 years old, in the afternoons and they like her a lot. 

Our observationPeace describes herself as an honest and open person who likes to communicate. On weekends she plays with her own children, reads and Sundays goes to church.

** Cleaners and nannies from Cape Town

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Name: 71.) Liznet Chinyere - cleaner or nanny for toddlers

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1980

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun or full time

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Kraaifontein

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyLiznet is a Christian who came to South Africa in 2010. She was a waitress at the Holiday Inn in Harare before. The first few years in South Africa she was often a stand in nanny for a sick or pregnant domestic. She also did evening babysitting for a family with a 1 year old child. We called them for a testimonial. She currently works 3days/week and is still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Liznet has been babysitting our 1 year old regularly. She also cleaned the house when we needed her. She is very hard working, cleans thoroughly and her English is very good. We can certainly recommend her.

Our observation: Liznet is a quiet lady with a passion for children. Her own child was born in 2013. She says if someone teaches her how to she is willing to cook for her new family.

Name: 72.) Harrison Nyimba - housekeeper, handyman, has made

                                                   breakfast before, gardening

Nationality: Malawean

Born: in 1989

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Stay in/out: in or out

Livesin Cape Town, Heathfield, close to Plumstead

Language(s): English, Chirichewa

Driver’s licence: Learner's licence

Smoker: No

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

His story: For 3 years, Harrison has been working for a family 3 days a week and we contacted them for a testimonial

References: Yes, one

What the reference said: Harrison 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 observation: Harrison is very self confident and is an extrovert. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and likes to learn new things.

Name: 73.) Priscilla Mata cleaning lady, likes children

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1978

Which days available? :

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R3500

Stay in/out: out

Livesin Dunoon, Milnerton

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyPriscilla was brought to our course in Somerset from Milnerton by her husband who has his own car. She currently works shifts in Cape Town. It is a company that makes packs food like sandwiches and distributes it to filling stations and shops. She started there 3 years ago and currenlty gets R4000/month but says she would much rathe prefer domestic work and earn R3500 but have regular working hours. Priscilla knows everything about cleaning and ironing and we called the owner of the food manufactury for a testimonial.

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPriscilla has worked for us 3 years now. I can say that she is very trustworthy, polite and respectful. If she can't come to work she let's us know each time and I can really recommend her. She has a good feeling for the food we make and pack and is a good team player.

Our observationPriscilla says she likes children and her own children were born 2004 and 2008. She describes herself as social and responsible, patient and eager to learn new things.

Name: 74.) Felicia Mbanda - cleaning lady, can cook

Nationality: South African

Born: 1965

Which days available?

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

Stay in/out: out

Daily wage: R200 in the Fishhoek area, if very far away higher salary

Lives: in Fishhoek

Language(s): Enlgish, Afrikaans

Driver’s licence: Learner's licence

Smoker: No

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

Her story: For two years Felicia was a cleaning lady for the Navy. Then she cleane for a lady full time.  We called her for a reference.  She could no longer afford her.  Felicia is a very good cook although she would prefer domestic work now we want to mention that she was the assistant chef of the Cape Point two oceans restaurant.

References: Yes, two

What the reference said: We were very fond of Felicia and had never and problems with her whatsoever.  Unfortunately we could no longer afford her.  I would recommend her to anyone. She has been with us for over a year now twice a week and our house is spotless. We are very happy with both her cleaning and ironing and hope you won't find full time work for her but only fill her three other days.

Our observation: Felicia says she likes a clean house.  She impressed us by her speed of cleaning, is polite and respectful.  She also speaks Afrikaans and has a passion for cooking although she would now prefer domestic work over restaurant work.

Name: 75.) Emma Muchuweti - cleaning lady or nanny for babies, early

                                                    childhood development certificate

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Born: in 1981

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun or full time

Daily wage: R200

Stay in/out: out

Lives: Atlantis

Language(s): English, Shona

Driver’s licence: No

Smoker: No

Worked with children before, if yes what ages were they? Yes, 4 months old

Her storyEmma worked for a family full time for 6 months until they could no longer afford her when their daughter went to creche. We called them for a testimonial. In the meantime Emma has found work and is now still looking for the above day(s).

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidEmma worked for us full time for 6 months. She was alone at home with my daughter from when she was 4 months old. When my daughter was 10 months old, we decided to put her in a day care and could no longer afford Emma. I would describe her as lovely, punctual, efficient and keen to learn new things. If we had not put our daughter in creche, she would still be working for us. She is warm hearted and good with children. She had a great routine with our daughter which helped me on weekends and during the night. Emma slept in with us but didn't do any cooking for us.

Our observationEmma is good with children and very patient. She is confident and evenly tempered. On weekends, she sells shoes in the location and goes to church.

Name: 76.) Patricia Thifela cleaner or nanny for babies, home based

                                               care and Au Pair course, child and infant 1st 

                                               aid certificate

Nationality: South African

Born: in 1982

Which days available?

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Monthly salary: R3800

Stay in/out: in or out

Lives: in Guguletu, Cape Town

Language(s): English, Xhosa

Driver’s license: No

Smoker: No

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

Her storyPatricia worked for a Hotel in Cape Town as a cleaning lady until her contract expired. She then worked for a family for just over a year until Patricia moved

References: Yes, one

What the reference saidPatricia worked for us for just a bit longer than a year until she and her family had to move and it would have been too far to come to us. During her time with us she never complained about anything and I often gave her extra work besides the daily things. She had a good attitude towards her work.

Our observationPatricia says she is passionate about children of all ages. Weekends she spends with her husband and children and Sundays they go to church. She says she likes new challenges and won't disappoint her new employer.