Mothers at work

SURROGATES:  Mothers at Jubilee Hall dining hall, Lydia Sechele, Fifi Mosobe, Silindile Sithole and Jane Moholi would have rather spent the day with their families this Mothers Day. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

SURROGATES: Mothers at Jubilee Hall dining hall, Lydia Sechele, Fifi Mosobe, Silindile Sithole and Jane Moholi would have rather spent the day with their families this Mothers Day.
Photo: Lameez Omarjee

Mothers at Jubilee Hall dining hall, Lydia Sechele, Fifi Mosobe, Silindile Sithole and Jane Moholi would have rather spent the day with their families this Mothers Day. Instead, they were serving their “other” children, res students from various residences on main campus.
Sechele explained that being a single mother means she has to bear family responsibilities herself. “If I had a husband, I would not have come to work,” she said.
Moholi said in the past, female staff members were given the day-off on Mother’s Day and the male staff would work. “I want to be with family.” She explained that their children could not arrange to do special things for them on Mother’s Day because they have to be at work. On Sunday, “Most people are in church, but we are at work.”
When asked what she would like for Mother’s Day, Mosobe said, “Just [to] stay at home.”
But, their presence in dining halls did not go unappreciated. Res students were grateful for their “other” mothers, who cook for them. Oreneile Tsheletlo, Academic house committee member of Jubilee Hall said: “They [the mothers] deserve the whole month of May”.
Res student, Nicole Sapna Heeralal and her friends agreed that the dining hall ladies were “caring” and “motherly”. “They are always concerned about the food we eat.”
Speaking about Sechele, students said: “She always calls me ‘my baby’or ‘my darling’.”

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