A PAIR OF “madams” have arranged a breakfast for domestic workers in Uitenhage next weekend to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication they put into households.
One of the two event organisers, Yolene Basson, said her inspiration came from her own domestic worker, Charlotte Boesak. She is organising it with Janine Ferreira, employer of Siena Smith.
“After the realisation of what my own domestic worker goes through daily, I decided to look into the problems and challenges of others as well. While I am not in a position to solve it all, I am in a position to create awareness and show appreciation,” said Basson.
“I hope that the domestic workers will enjoy it and that enough awareness will be created in order for it to become an annual event.”
The buffet breakfast will cater for up to 80 domestic workers in Uitenhage and surrounding areas. This year it will be domestics only, with the R90 ticket paid for by their employer, but next year Basson hopes their employers also will attend.
Guest speakers, among others, will include the well known Amanda Sikelelwa Dilima, who played Zinzi on the popular television series, 7de Laan.
Basson hopes that by next year, if all goes well, the guest list will be longer.
“Domestic workers can be expected to be treated like royalty,” said Basson who said it would be a relaxing morning shared with friends and acquaintances.
She said everything would be done for them “for a change”, being cleaned up after, served, entertained and rewarded with small gifts.
Basson sees Boesak’s work as more than a job, but rather a personal relationship between employer and employee.
“Our employees become part of our households, they help us raise our children and they take the extra work load off our shoulders while becoming part of our family,” she said.
Employers who send their domestics to the breakfast will stand a chance of winning a weekend getaway at Fish River Sun. They will be expected to write a letter that highlights the role of their domestic workers and the relationship they have formed over the years.
Further information from Basson, cellphone number 082-445-6358, or Ferreira, at 074-111-7373.