Johannesburg - Springbok fans have learnt from their soccer-fanatic co-South Africans -
they are going shopping in a squatter camp for green makarapas ahead of the
Rugby World Cup starting on Friday.
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"Twenty years ago, who would have thought that white people would be
shopping for makarapas in a squatter camp?," asked Jane Simmonds, of
Sandton, in northern Johannesburg, in a report in The Star newspaper.
She is now taking orders for Springbok makarapas for Uggy Khoza, an artist
from Limpopo, who has decided to make the traditional hand-cut and hand-painted
hard hats for rugby fans.
Khoza, who lives in a shack in Primrose, Germiston, has already sold 400 of
the green hats, which feature the form of a Springbok popping out at the front.
"South Africa has changed so much and I love it!," said Simmonds.
For those whites who did not want to venture into the unknown world of an
informal settlement, fans can get the makarapas from The Wedge shopping centre
in Morningside, at Vasili's Restaurant.