The Makarapa is the official headgear of South African soccer fans. Inspired by the construction helmets of miners these custom decorated hard hats have been a feature of the South African football scene for over 30 years. Complete your FIFA look with a pair of oversized specs.
The Makarapa was originally created by Alfred Baloyi, who, in 1979, attended a Kaizer Chiefs match against Moroka Swallows at Orlando Stadium. As anyone who has attended a football match and has sat in the cheap seats will know, this is no casual business - in fact, it can be downright dangerous, as missiles are hurled from the upper seats. Baloyi's friend Hendrik Langa worked on a construction site, and supplied him with a hard hat to protect himself during the match.