Makarapa Fan Helmets

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.


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When I worked on a building site some of the workers 'decorated' our safety helmets - being a building site it was mainly football-based, or - of course - St. George's Flag. I had mine painted by few of the lads, and there were some abuse - but it was all good fun! (If they don't like you clear, it's more obvious than that)

The site's boss was cool with it, but then his boss' boss came along, and we had get our helmets replaced.

Apparently, they were 'Health and Safety' issues, but the more likely that the guy was bit of *ahem*, and just didn't like it.

I really miss those day's on the site :'( I could have sat in my gatehouse for an eternity reading, and listening to the radio.
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