It is that time of the year when many parents are scrambling to replace a domestic helper who has not returned from the holiday. Instead of calling friends and colleagues to recommend an aunt or an unemployed cousin to work in your home, taking advantage of the digital era will take the hassle out of searching for domestic help. There are a few applications and online platforms that will make things a lot easier for you during during this stressful time.
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Below are some apps and platforms you can download and search that will assist you in your time of need.
Book a Maid
According to the co-founder of the platform, Lufuno Mudau, this application caters for different needs: “We have three packages. One is for someone who wants a helper to come once-off and do proper spring cleaning, and for that we charge R25 per hour,” explains Mudau.
There is also a subscription option for those who want someone to come in twice a week, and another for those who want someone four times a month. Payment can be made via EFT or debit order.
The company also provides other services such as nanny services, babysitters and someone to do the washing and ironing for the baby.
Domestly is an app that is available on IOS and Adroid. The platform allows the user to connect directly with cleaning professionals and puts the power back into the hands of the cleaners by creating business communities for them.
Maid 4 U
Maid4U was founded by Lindiwe Shibambo, a former domestic helper who is the founder of Maid4U, a company that trains, upskills and places helpers and nannies in positions.
A battle to find a qualified domestic helper to look after her daughter spurred Lindiwe Shibambo to start her company, Maid4U. Eight years later, the company has helped more than 1 000 people
In addition to domestic workers, the company offers a range of cleaning services, including after-party, window, new development, moving-house and holiday services, as well as cleaning for the elderly, disabled and injured.
Sweep South was started by husband and wife duo Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribic. It is available as an online platform for phones, computers and tablets and it’s aim is to match people who are looking for experienced domestic helpers in their area with potential employees.
Sweep South works via an on-demand model, much like Uber. Before booking, users supply payment details and can then request the different cleaning services. They’ll be matched with someone who’s in their area who’ll then come and clean their space. Money is deducted from the account after the service has been provided, at a fixed charge per hour.
Some of these platforms have their own fees and pay their workers differently that the traditional fee. If you are going the more traditional route of hiring a helper, it is important to be aware of the new minimum wage stipulated by the Department of Labour.
According to the department of labour, minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week in Area A have increased. The hourly rate of a worker has increased from R11,44 to R12,42, while the weekly rate has been increased from R514,82 to R559,09. Domestic helpers working in the areas will receive R2 422,54 per month, which is R191,84 more than last year’s take-home.
A domestic helper who works in Area B and is employed for more than 27 ordinary hours per week will receive R11,31, up from last year’s fee of R10,23. The weekly rate will increase from R460,15 to R508,93 and the monthly fee will amount to R2 205,16, up from R1 993,82.
The minimum wages for a domestic worker working 27 ordinary hours or less in Area A are stipulated as follows:
Monthly: R1 701,06
The increases for domestic workers who work 27 or less ordinary hours in Area B increased from R12,07 hourly to R13,35, while the weekly rate has increased from R325,98 to R360,54. Those working in these areas will receive R149,27 more per month as their take-home increases from R1 412,49 to R1 562,21.