Selling ANC gear puts food on families’ tables

2015-01-26 00:00

THE African National Congress went all out last Sunday transforming the country town of Vryheid into a fashion powerhouse.

Green, black and gold swag was the order of the day — from ANC fedora hats to the latest fashionable hip-hop inspired caps.

From ANC-branded summer shorts to long flowing summer dresses, business was good for entrepreneurs selling ANC branded clothing.

Nolwazi Nzama (30) travelled all the way from KwaMashu in Durban to sell her designer ANC garb.

“I design the clothes and make them myself,” said Nzama sitting in front of a table adorned with ANC fedora hats, beanies and caps.

“I didn’t go to Cape Town for the main ­celebration two weeks ago because I wanted to make sure that I attended this celebration,” she said referring to the ANC’s 103rd anniversary celebrations.

An African-inspired shirt embroidered with ANC colours costs R400 and a stylish yellow hooded jacket goes for R200.

Ncami Mthethwa of KaMageza Trading, also from Durban, said she travels all over the country attending ANC events to sell her clothes.

“This is how I make a living,” she said.

Mthethwa sells ANC leather jackets similar to the one President Jacob Zuma owns.

“They cost R2 500 and they are very ­popular,” she said.

Mthethwa said first lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma bought a dress from her.

“Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe also bought something from me. It’s very exciting when high profile politicians buy from us,” said Mthethwa.

On a good day, Flesher Mogapi (60) makes anything between R8 000 to R10 000. Mogapi came all the way from Johannesburg to sell her garb.

“Some days are good and others are bad. Sometimes I only sell one item and it’s not enough to support my four children,” said ­Mogapi.

Precious Robathata (48) also from Johannesburg specialises in making accessories.

“I buy the green, gold and black beads and make bangles and earrings.

“I am sad I didn’t get a chance to go to Cape Town; those who went said they made a lot of money,” said Robathata.

Today, Robathata will travel to Limpopo for the next leg of the celebrations.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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