Imagining life after World Cup

2010-07-06 00:00

JUST what will we do when the Fifa World Cup has left our shores? It really is hard to imagine.

Hosting the spectacle has been a major topic of conversation for about six years, but by this time next week it will all be over.

The Witness spent time with a few street vendors selling World Cup merchandise in Pietermaritzburg who have become a regular feature during the tournament.

South African flags, Bafana Bafana jerseys and colourful vuvuzelas have all been a part of the street vendors’ fare, but will there still be a place for them on the streets after July 11?

Sabelo Tuta has been selling World Cup merchandise such as flags and jerseys on a road in Hayfields since before the tournament began.

He said that as the tournament has progressed, he has been selling less and less.

“People are not in the World Cup mood any more,” he added.

“When it started and when South Africa was still in the competition, we were really busy. But now we are selling just a few jerseys.”

Tuta said he will start selling rugby jerseys again once the tournament has ended.

Isaac Jay, who sells in Victoria Road, was a little more optimistic about what would happen once the tournament is over.

But he did acknowledge that there had been significantly less interest shown in his goods as the tournament progressed.

Jay has an array of World Cup items that represent all of the participating nations, including flags, wristbands and beanies that are proving difficult to sell.

“We will keep selling even though the tournament has ended; people will buy stuff,” he said.

“We also have a lot of jerseys of club sides and this is what people will want after the World Cup.”

Armitage Road vendor Dennis Paul will be leaving South Africa for Zimbabwe after the tournament and is not sure what to do with his left-over stock.

Paul says the South African scarves that have been worn by prominent politicians and government officials during the tournament are now a more popular purchase than the flags and jerseys.

“I don’t think people will buy these things once the tournament has ended,” he said.

“I will try for a week and see how it goes.”

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