The main responsibilities of a domestic worker are to clean and tidy an employer’s home and wash and iron the laundry.
Specific tasks involved and materials and equipment used will vary slightly from one employer to another. Each employer gives instructions in respect of specific requirements. Domestic work can be done full-time in return for a salary and may possibly include accommodation. Part-time domestic workers work in a number of different homes during the course of a week.
Depending on the individual's skills and talents, a domestic worker may be called upon to carry out any of the following specialized duties:
Schooling & School Subjects
No specific requirements.
In most cases, employers train their domestic workers themselves by showing them how to do their tasks. A training workshop for domestic workers is also offered by the Pretoria Building Centre. Emphasis is placed on daily handling, cleaning and maintenance of electrical appliances and the application of cleaning agents. Handling of appliances is demonstrated and illustrated with a video. A certificate is issued after completion of the course.
Training for domestic workers is also offered by various groups and private training centres, amongst others the Apex, Emthonjeni Training Centre, as well as the group training centres of Natal and Bloemfontein. Enquiries in this regard may be made to the nearest office of the Department of Labour.