Couples Who Brick Lay Together Stay Together: Skilful Young Couple Inspires Mzansi

Couples Who Brick Lay Together Stay Together: Skilful Young Couple Inspires Mzansi

- Bricklaying assistant, Lerato Lubisi, has proved that a woman can also do a man's job if she wants to

- Not only is Lerato learning about a trade that is male-dominated but she gets to do it alongside her husband

- Lerato and her husband, Maya, are a formidable team and work like a well-oiled machine to take more money home

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By Yvonne Silaule - Freelance Journalist

Lerato Lubisi, 29, is a true inspiration to many women and girls as she breaks ground in the male-dominated industry of bricklaying.

Not only does Lerato build with pride and confidence, but she does so with her base at her side every step of the way. In this inspiring couple's case the adage is: Couples who brick lay together stay together.

Couples Who Brick Lay Together Stay Together: Young Couple Inspires Mzansi With Impressive Skills
Maya and Lerato Lubisi do bricklaying together to earn more money and spend more time together. Image: Yvonne Silaule
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It has been six months since Lerato started with the heavy-duty job, which is mostly handled by men.

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Lerato is her 34-year-old husband Maya Lubisi's assistant. She helps him mix sand and hands him mixed cement, just like an assistant in bricklaying is supposed to do.

In an interview with Briefly News, Lerato said she got into brick laying when she and her husband went through a tough financial time.

Lerato and Maya were talking about their household finances. Lerato felt she needed to intervene to fix their cash situation.

Lerato said:

“Since I started working with my husband, we've been saving money and time.
"When he works with other people, he barely takes enough money home to put food on the table or pay the bills. I know that it’s a tiring, masculine job but because I work with him now, we are able to even save some money."

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Maya started out as an assistant himself. He was taught how to use a profile (a plotted line which indicates grades and distances for excavation and grading work), water-pass and truffle.

Thanks to his skills, Maya was certified and can now build ramps, walls and one- to five-room houses. He understands better than anyone else that being an assistant in bricklaying is hard and heavy work.

“Construction work is not an easy job and so, at first, I begged and pleaded with my wife to not get involved in this line of work. But at the same time I allowed her to assist me because in the bricklaying business we knock off late, which in turn means I cannot spend a lot of time with her.
"Now that we work together we get to spend more time together than ever before," Maya told Briefly News.

Lerato and her husband share a house with 13 people, including their elderly pensioner parents, who help keep the family afloat with their social grants.

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Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that a newly married couple warmed hearts with their beautiful white wedding ceremony in April.

In a Twitter post by Telise Hughes Masondo, the bride discloses that she got married to her high school sweetheart. Her tweet followed her husband's post that he shared along with stunning pictures from their wedding.

''You’re so easy to love,'' Telise Hughes' husband Masondo said.

She retweeted saying:

"Married my high school sweetheart the other day.''

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Source: Briefly News

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