• "Because we are domestic workers, they think we are nothing. They see us as trash."

  • "This is not fair to us cause it looks like we are not important or that our work is not important."​

  • "We can't send our kids to school, and we don't have enough food due to the little money we make."  

  • "The challenges [of living with such low wages] are so many we can't even start to mention them. And even when we mention them, some bosses or people will be like 'its not your employer's problem'."  

  • "We are facing a lot of challenges.  This money is like we are working from hand to mouth. Some are being abused emotionally, verbally, etc. There are a lot of insults emakishini from bosses, even from kids." 

  • "It's a big challenge cause we have to pay rentals to where we renting, These days most of the landlords charge R1500 to R2500 per room.Transport mostly it's around R1000 +and groceries. It's worse if you are a single mom cause you need to take care of your kids. It's painful true. Groceries, you have to buy only needs no wants."

  • "My family depends on me - how will I leave the job. I will be stuck with no choice."

  • "True this is too much we have to unite for our voices to be heard enough is enough."

“I don’t know why they call it National Minimum Wage,

as it excludes other people – the domestic workers, the farmworkers and the EPWP workers. If you can look at the people who were excluded from this R20, they are very important people in our community. It’s just that they [the government] downgrade them and take them for granted.


“So we are calling on our government to say discrimination is a sickness. They are discriminating [against] the people who are raising this country. 

- Barrington Makamba, EPWP worker