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Managing a Home Comes Naturally

(November 24th, 2005)

Abigail Sibanda, a 29-year-old domestic worker in Johannesburg, says managing a home comes naturally. “I spend my day cleaning – sweeping, washing, doing the dishes, ironing,” she told MyWage.co.za. “Since I grew up doing the work, it’s easy to me.” On the three days a week that she works, Sibanda catches a 7 a.m. bus […]

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Informal Traders

(November 24th, 2005)

Every Friday and Saturday, you can find 25-year-old Brian Mbokazi marketing his goods in the heart of Soweto. Mbokazi and his friend Victor Kheswa sell goats and sheep for slaughter from a kraal in a dusty clearing just off Potchefstroom Road, commonly known as “Old Potch.” It’s in full view of taxis packed with commuters. […]

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Securing Johannesburg

(November 24th, 2005)

It’s four a.m., but Phillip Musekene Nare is awake, fueled by endless cups of tea and sheer will. In the dark hours of night, he regularly walks the perimeter of an office building in Auckland Park, a business district just a few kilometers north of Johannesburg’s city centre. In between patrols during his 12-hour shift, […]

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Teaching the young ones

(November 24th, 2005)

When Letta Sibiya began teaching in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township 15 years ago, she was a young single mother entering the workforce reluctantly, out of financial necessity. Over time, though, she discovered a passion and enthusiasm for working with children. Now a grade one teacher, Sibiya says that the benefits of teaching go far beyond monetary wages.

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