Bok fans shop for makarapas

2011-09-09 08:52

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.



  • spiderkzn - 2011-09-09 09:13

    lovely to hear! :)

  • texx - 2011-09-09 09:16


  • BigAl - 2011-09-09 09:28

    Now there's a real BOK supporter. Glad it's not a protea sticking out the front...

  • shando.kandaba - 2011-09-09 09:29

    Makarapa and a VuvuZela so BOKKES Vuvuzela WRC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 209 - 2011-09-09 09:30

    Why can't the street vendors sell makarapas, ooh i forgot they prefer selling fake bokke shirts..nxa

      Hanjo - 2011-09-09 10:10

      and what's wrong with that? at least that way the majority of SA can afford the jersey...

  • ikey_tiger - 2011-09-09 09:36

    i WANT one!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-09 09:54

    Please send these beauties on to the cities...we also want to display them...!

  • theron.nadine - 2011-09-09 10:08

    Where can we get them in Cape Town?

      jentul.1 - 2011-09-09 10:51

      Mike Souter makes them together with his awesome team of guys who make unique ones. He is based in Meadowridge : These are real works of art!!

  • MAWEMAWE - 2011-09-09 10:50

    who are those bok supporters?i need their names now.

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2011-09-09 10:50

    I just love my fellow South Africans

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-09 14:06

    Hey, do not export them to NZ - they will be regarded as either furniture or car parts and will not be allowed inside stadiums! I agree, much better that vuvuzelas.

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