Valentine potion makes ‘bed spin’

2011-02-12 15:08

It’s called umbed’uyajika , which means “the one that makes the bed spin”. It is a love potion which costs R160 – apparently a special price just for St Valentine’s Day.

The lady peddling this potion from a stall at Soweto’s Maponya Mall swears it packs a mean punch that makes men so virile, it has their lovers feeling as if they were spinning in bed.

Some other products nicely decorated in the red-and-white colours of love included a bar of pink soap called Impumelelo ya besifazani (R25), which allegedly helps tighten the muscles of the female sexual organs.

The lady vendor, who was unfortunately not as open about her name as she was with the effects of her products, said she was expecting a rush of lovers hoping to spice up their love lives ahead of St Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Although love potions of all sorts seem to have claimed their place among traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, it appears that cards bearing ­romantic messages remain popular.

On Monday gift shop owner Thandi Johnson, also at Maponya Mall, stocked up on boxes of cards in anticipation of a big rush of shoppers.

By Wednesday she had sold out and had to place yet another order to cater for the last-minute rush of shoppers.

Johnson said shoppers seemed to have a special liking for musical cards which belt out a love tune when opened.

Sarika Kidd offers lovebirds a gift of a different kind – they can pose for memorable photographs in her studio, decorated with flowers and feathers in the colours of the big day.

But on Friday afternoon the pavements of ­Johannesburg’s CBD were not festooned with the usual red-and-white synonymous with the day. Instead, vendors stuck to their normal wares while just a few were displaying a few mugs, plastic flowers and mini teddy bears.

“This Valentine’s thing is just dead. Even school children are not crazy about it any more,” said one vendor, who said he stood to make more cash from selling fake DVDs and CDs than ­from Valentine’s Day merchandise.

However, lovers from Polokwane to Cape Town are saying it with flowers.

Dion Rapetswa, an assistant manager at Just For You in Polokwane, said flower deliveries were up and business had been growing the ­closer ­February 14 came.

At Flowers PE, Mario Christodoulou said business was booming.

“There is always a buzz around Valentine’s with young and old buying gifts for the special people in their lives,” he said.
 
Bernard Tuffin, owner of Flower Craft Florists in Pinelands, Cape Town, said that “when it comes to love, there is no recession. We are experiencing a really busy day, with customers streaming in and out of the store.”
 
But Valentine’s Day has not meant much extra business for Kate Coetzee of Daisy Bush in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.
“These days people do not have as much money as they used to have,” she said.

In Durban, Magic Moments owner Greg ­Baptie said Valentine’s Day business was not as good as it had been in previous years.

“Maybe it is because Valentine’s has always been a youngsters’ thing,” he said.



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