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  • Some soccer fans attach a vuvuzela to a hard hat decorated in team colors, creating a contraption known as the makarapa vuvuzela.

  • I've been practicing on my vuvuzela, I've even precariously placed a makarapa on my fashion-sensitive head, and promptly declared it de rigueur.

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  • The most popular match-day headgear is the makarapa, a variation on the miner's helmet, an icon in mining cities such as Johannesburg, topped by elaborate decorations and images in bright colours.

    2010 World Cup: A brief history of the vuvuzela

  • And no Bafana Bafana fan's World Cup outfit will be complete without a makarapa -- a modified miner's helmet that was initially created to protect the wearer's head from flying bottles but has since evolved into a wildly inventive headdress that proclaims love of the game and loyalty to team.

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  • "I want to be able to switch on the TV and see everyone wearing a makarapa? that is my biggest hope," Baloyi said recently.

    2010 World Cup: A brief history of the vuvuzela

  • CURNOW (voice over): South Africans are hoping that the distinctly South African words, bubuzella and makarapa, will be part of the World's Cup experience in 2010.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2009

  • CURNOW: Along with the bubuzella, these flamboyant makarapa hats are also an iconic part of South African football.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2009

  • Tamryn Taylor, 29, from Durban, had spent five hours hand-painting and building her makarapa, which she proudly displayed as the mini-soccer balls dangled from the hat.

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  • Makarapa madness The vuvuzelas make all the noise, but no self-respecting SA fan would forgo the makarapa ...

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  • GET your vuvuzela, grab your makarapa, catch the bus to the stadium, and have


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