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Learn the language of South African football

Bazooka, shibobo, tsamaya … As the continent comes together for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea this month, we bring you an insider's guide to the unique lingo of South African football fans.

The master of the makarapa

In 1979 a bottle thrown in a crowd inspired Alfred Baloyi to invent the elaborately carved and colourfully decorated plastic hard hats that are now an essential part of South African football matches' festival atmosphere.

The master of the makarapa

Scan the crowds at any major football match in South Africa and what will immediately stand out are the elaborately carved and colourfully decorated plastic hard hats settled on fans' heads.

2010 and the craft of the possible

Hats off to SA football’s makarapa!

Watch any major South African football match, and two pieces of paraphernalia immediately stand out: one the now widely known vuvuzela trumpet, and the other the makarapa - the modified, decorated miners' helmet unique to South African soccer fans.

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