It was a day filled with fun, laughter, music and dancing as the domestic workers from the heart of the Atlantic Seaboard got to enjoy some pampering and time off last Thursday, March 28.
This was thanks to the Union of Jewish Women (UJW) who held their annual event for domestic workers at the Hellenic Club in Mouille Point.
Based in Sea Point, the union’s mission is to promote the rights and status of people, to enrich their lives and help those in need in all communities.
The day for domestic workers is their way of honouring and thanking the women who work in their homes and look after them and their children.
A member of the union, Sheli Levy, said this was one of the tiny ways to say thank you to the people who help them so much.
Domestic worker Lilian Chewa said it was her first time attending the event.
“I’m happy to be here and even more grateful for the day off,” she said.
Another domestic worker, Nosimo Khali, who has been working for 21 years, said she was happy they got a chance to take their minds off things. “We’re always working so hard, it’s always a nice surprise to be treated and be appreciated,” she said.
The domestic workers were also taught about chronic illnesses such as diabetes and the importance of a following a balanced diet.
After the health lessons, those with a flair for singing showed off as they took part in karaoke.
It took one song by the late Brenda Fassie to evoke a sense of nostalgia as the whole hall danced and sang along to Vulindlela.