HAWKERS ROLE UPSURGE OF NATIONAL SYMBOLS
In Jozi, on every suburban pavement, busy intersection and traffic island, is a group of hawkers selling flags, mirror covers, soccer glasses, beaded key rings and all things promoting the national flag.
It is in the traffic that most Jozi-ites purchase their symbols of support for Bafana Bafana and enter into the spirit of national festivity and pride. I have been told that in Cape Town hawkers have been removed from the streets. I have also been told that few Cape Town cars are emblazoned with the colours of South Africa’s national flag. Is there then a direct connection between the sense of carnival festivity and display of national sentiment, and the way in which hawkers bring the symbols to people on the move in a fast busy city like Joburg?