Doom for vendors as Bafana exit

GLOOMY: Wellington Ndlovu says now that South Africa is out of the World Cup, his soccer paraphernalia business will suffer.  Pic:VELI NHLAPO. 23/06/2010. © Sowetan.

20100623VNH.  Tough times! Street flag vendor Wellington Ndlovu struggles to sell his goods as sales have slumped at his usual corner since the exit of Bafana Bafana, and after being chased away by members of the Mbombela municipalityPHOTO:VELI NHLAPO.
GLOOMY: Wellington Ndlovu says now that South Africa is out of the World Cup, his soccer paraphernalia business will suffer. Pic:VELI NHLAPO. 23/06/2010. © Sowetan. 20100623VNH. Tough times! Street flag vendor Wellington Ndlovu struggles to sell his goods as sales have slumped at his usual corner since the exit of Bafana Bafana, and after being chased away by members of the Mbombela municipalityPHOTO:VELI NHLAPO.

UNTIL now the World Cup has delivered on the promise of jobs, but for the men and women selling goods on the side of the road this is all about to end.

UNTIL now the World Cup has delivered on the promise of jobs, but for the men and women selling goods on the side of the road this is all about to end.

For months before the start of the World Cup the sales of flags, beanies, scarves and other paraphernalia has been been thriving, until Bafana exited the tournament on Tuesday.

Wellington Khumalo, who sells at a traffic intersection in Rosebank, said Bafana's exit from the World Cup signalled the end of his business venture.

"Since Bafana's exit business is down. Though merchandise for other teams is still selling, it's not the same.

"We made the most money on the opening day of the tournament when Bafana played Mexico," Khumalo said.

The prices for the remaining merchandise has subsequently gone down. The big flags, which used to sell for R100, are now R70. The smaller ones, which were R50 are now R20.

According to Lennox Wilson, who also sells in Rosebank, business will soon end for him as well.

"I will not buy any more stock, but I made lots of money on the streets during the World Cup, I will open a shop in town," he said.

In Polokwane business is not doing so well either. Rosina Ramputla from Makotopong said: "I was forced to reduce flag prices since Bafana were eliminated.

"My business was booming, but now no one is buying the flags."

Said Motlatso Ramabokela from Extension 44, Polokwane: "Despite reducing the prices there is no business at all now."

Mapenka Segoapa from GaKama said: "I have spent a lot of money on Bafana items and it is clear I will not recover my expenses."

There were very few people selling Bafana memorabilia around Pretoria yesterday.

Kofi Sarbong, a Ghanaian in Sunnyside, said he had not sold anything the whole day.

"I used to sell up to 400 flags a day but since Bafana failed to progress no one came to buy today."

Said Leti Mafulela, who sells her stuff in Pretoria: "There is not a single customer here. I'm now selling at reduced prices."

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