Kate's Blog

This is a collection of Kate's stories and experiences from over 12 years of running Marvellous Maids in South Africa.



On the Subject of Dishonesty
Written by Kate Shuttleworth   
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 09:57
One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Are your workers honest?”  To which I respond “No, they are human beings and subject to temptation as much as anybody else, if not more”. To claim that our workers are honest would claim a unique group of moral beings in a quagmire of corruption and duplicity.
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Driving Forces
Written by Kate Shuttleworth   
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:36

Domestic agencies come and go – a new one pops up every week it seems, often borrowing from Marvellous Maids. In George there is a rash of them, usually before season, which close round about Easter. A former client in Joburg did a placement with Marvellous Maids. Within a week or two, Maids 4 U appeared on the internet with the same product and wording as Marvellous Maids. Further investigation proved that they lifted our contract, words of advice and induction booklet almost word for word from our placement package. Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. Hah! I regard it as intellectual property theft and find it hugely irritating and it is this indolent lack of intellectual application that has been one of my driving forces.

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Beginnings
Written by Kate Shuttleworth   
Monday, 05 July 2010 10:25

When I won Top Women in Business and Government Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 I said I thought they had the wrong Shuttleworth.

Marvellous Maids was started over 13 years ago from absolutely no money. Not R1000, not R100, we did not have a cent – and never mind a business plan, we did not have a clue.

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