Joseph Madonsela became a gardener by default. As a schoolboy, looking for extra ways of making cash, he started tending gardens to earn his keep. This has now become a full-time job for which, by gardening standards, he earns a reasonable salary. However, he wants to move into hotel management one day and is saving up money to try and get there. For now though, the nature aspect lures him to his current position, where he is content to stay until he can move on. He told us about his position as a gardener.
A gardener tends to gardens, and is a very labour-intensive position in South Africa. The average salary is based on a daily amount, from R50 a day in rural areas to R135 in certain main centres. In all, a big city gardener could earn around R3 000 a month.
A gardener is someone who tends to and cares for plants, grass, shrubs and trees in gardens. From ensuring a well-kept lawn to removing dead and decaying leaves and branches to planting new plants and deciding where to improve the current garden. It involves digging, raking and turning the soil over, cutting lawn and tidying up a specific area.
Pros and cons
"The pros are, that if, like me, you enjoy spending time in a garden, you get experience. You learn a lot more about plants and trees and where they grow best and which plants to put in which areas of the garden. The con is simple – if it rains then you can`t work and that can be very frustrating."
Required studies or experience
While there is no formal training necessary to become a gardener,