Working Women: #16 Mama Mavis

Mavis Niniwe at the Assumption Development Centre where she volunteers.

Mama Mavis at the Assumption Development Centre where she volunteers.

Mama Mavis was born in 1970 in Grahamstown, she has worked various jobs but mainly as a volunteer at the Assumption Development Centre in Joza ever since the project started.

“First I was just making crotchet items and cleaning the centre but now I do all kinds of things here,” said Mavis.

With her warm smile and quiet efficiency, Mavis facilitates the various initiatives and workshops which are run at the centre by partners such as the Umthathi Training Project and FAMSA.

“I volunteer because I love people,” said Mavis.

Mavis lives with and cares for her two children, her two brothers, and her parents.


South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This August, GAP is publishing a micro-profile a day on women working in Grahamstown in 2015.


About the photographer: Jane Berg is a photojournalist working in Grahamstown and finishing her Bachelor of Journalism Degree at Rhodes University. She is the Media Officer for The Gender Action Project. You can see more of her work at www.janebergphotography.tumblr.com and on her Facebook page.

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