SA flags fly high, PMB feels the fever

2010-06-01 00:00

STREET vendors are doing a roaring trade and the South African flag is flying high in Pietermaritzburg ahead of the Fifa 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.

Motorists and pedestrians alike in the City of Choice are showing they are ready to celebrate the hosting of the World Cup.

Thobile Hlophe (21), a street trader inHerwood in Edendale, told The Witness the World Cup accessories she sells are moving faster than the rest of her stock.

“People are focusing more on buying soccer World Cup-related items,” she said.

However, while everyone else seems to be catching football fever, Andiswa Mtwa (21) of Matatiele said he wants to own a Bafana soccer jersey, “but don’t have money to buy them … they are very expensive”.

Sales of traditional South African items are booming too, it seems. Shialla Dlomo, a street vendor who sells traditional garments to pedestrians, said: “We have been selling for two years now, but this year has been the best so far because South Africans are now buying more of our traditional accessories.

“We wanted the World Cup to find us ready to showcase our skills in African art. The problem is that whatever we make trying to sell to tourists, South Africans buy it before we can sell to visitors because they want the status of being proudly South African,” said Dlomo.

Shadrack Khumbula said his flags and vuvuzelas are “selling like hotcakes now that the tournament is near”.

“This year is different from other years because of the World Cup fever.”

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