Gogos for rent

By Drum Digital
28 April 2015

Families can now rent an elderly, retired woman to care for their children, house-sit or for domestic guidance.

This popular Australian and American concept has now been employed in South Africa by Leigh Newell who started Grans for Hire.

Newell spoke to Times Live about why she started the business.

"I wanted to come up with something unique. My mother-in-law helped me a lot with my two children but, after retiring, she realised that she hadn't planned as well as she'd hoped and that extra income would be greatly appreciated," Newell told the site.

After a thorough background check, the grannies are placed in homes that have applied for domestic assistance.

The publications reports that the response to the business has been very positive so far, 17 grannies aged between 50 to 70 grannies been placed in homes from Umhlanga to Ballito.

Grannies are available on a part-time basis for R60 an hour of R300 a day while pet and house-sitting is R200 a day.

Families that are interested in more of a permanent arrangement will be set back starting an amount ranging from R1500 for one day a week to R6000 for five days a week.

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