Wanted: Spring cleaners for 3,500 square metre ministerial houses, with chandelier experience

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Chandelier cleaning
  • The department of public works is in need of a contractor for deep and spring cleaning at ministerial houses, at least every six months.
  • Proof of the ability to clean chandeliers will be a plus, but only for South African citizens who can pass security vetting.
  • Here's what goes into a VIP-level deep clean.
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The department of public works is looking for companies with previous experience cleaning marble, granite, and chandeliers, to handle deep cleaning for ministers every six months.

Foreigners need not apply.

“While general cleaning is great to maintain cleanliness, there are always some items that could benefit from a little extra deep [clean] ever now and then," says the department in tender documents.

"Deep clean is a lot more thorough than standard house weekly clean. It consists of a complete rub down, including all the difficult and hard-to-reach areas that often get neglected."

Every house gets a deep clean at least every six months, which includes disinfecting ovens, fridges, and microwaves, and removing stains from carpets.

Bidders are required to submit references on a standard template, which asks former clients to rate their service in cleaning “granite and marble flooring”, as well as in cleaning the carpets, curtains, and chandeliers, and furniture.

The tender is specifically for the cleaning of “ministerial residences/houses” in Cape Town, but the actual homes are not listed.

“The exact location of the houses will be revealed to the successful bidder. Suffice to say the houses are situated in the Southern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, City Bowl and Sea Point."

The houses total some 3,500 square metres each, according to a breakdown of room sizes, but in some cases that may exclude cottages.

Cleaners have to specify what products they will use (which must be SABS approved), and may be required to provide samples.

Personnel are required to be courteous, professional, uniformed, and South African citizens; “no foreign nationals will be allowed on site”, potential contractors are warned.

Bidders are also warned that they may be called out urgently, and may have to work public holidays and weekends.

Here's exactly what gets cleaned in ministerial houses at least twice a year.

Ministerial deep cleaning list
Ministerial deep cleaning list

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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