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The more things change, the more they have a habit of staying the same. Cheap domestic labour is still as South African as braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet– though I have to say that last bit about the car has always eluded me as a particularly iconic image of this country. Having grown up as a privileged white person during the heyday of apartheid, with a black nanny as a surrogate mother much of the time, I happen to have developed a healthy love and respect for domestic workers. They make up a large portion of the South African workforce – more than 1.5 million people at last count. Many are still exploited and not paid anything like their worth. They are also often treated badly, as the recent case of Cape Town domestic Gloria Kente showed. Kente, who was verbally abused and pushed around by her former employer’s boyfriend, now works for the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers Union to help others know their rights. Here is a way to make sure you aren’t trampling on your domestic worker’s right to fair compensation. – Marika Sboros
By Paul Herman
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Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.