The soccer spirit: what role do hawkers play?

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?

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