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9 March 2016
Gracepoint Church uses Makarapa's in their worship

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9 March 2016
Red Heart Rum supporting football

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9 March 2016
Great to be supporting the Boks

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11 September 2015
FNB Varsity soccer loving makarapa's

11 September 2015
DIY Makarapa's hit the USA

Makarapa artist's and staff put together a hamper that included over 150 pre-cut helmets which were primed.

They went over with a large hamper of paint brushes, paints including all the artistic utensils - and we are told was the highlight of the groups activities!

11 September 2015
Makarapa to sponsor Team SA

Grab the spices and charcoal. It's time to light the coals and fan the flames at the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN.

On Saturday, October 24, 2015 teams from across the country and around the world will go head to head in an intense battle of smoking, seasoning and searing. Only one will emerge Grand Champion. We hope you'll come out to see us and get a taste of Lynchburg and some of the finest barbecue in the world.

This year's World Championship Barbecue takes place in Jack Daniel's Hollow. It is a combination of culinary expertise and friendly, but serious, competition with a $10,000 prize going to the Individual Grand Champion.

Witness award-winning teams from around the world as they compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion in seven categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Dessert, Cook's Choice, and Jack Daniel's Sauce.

23 April 2014
Makarapa opens doors for University student

Estee Oberholzer (18), a Bachelor of Arts (BA) first year student in Graphic Design at the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University, was given a class project to design and make an elaborately carved and colorfully decorated plastic helmet with an African touch to it as her assignment.

“As a project, we were given this project to come up with ideas and design and make the Makarapa hut which is supposed to be rich in an African theme,” said Oberholzer.

“The African themed Makarapa, in my design, will have an African map on the forehead, an elephant on top of the African map and a depiction of the typical African sunshine at the back of the helmet.”

Upon receiving the assignment from her University lecturer, Oberholzer said she struggled for design ideas and decided to surf the internet looking for seasoned artists of the Makarapa helmet who could help out with her project.

“When I looked through the internet, the first thing I saw was the Makarapa.co.za website. I then called them at their Edenvale offices, east of Johannesburg, and asked if I could come and experience at first hand the Makarapa artists at work.

“They agreed and invited me over to come to their workshop and showed me how to come up with design ideas from conception up to the finished product. My mom had to drive me all the way up to Johannesburg to meet the Makarapa team, that’s just how eager I was to learn from the best and, as of today, I can safely say the Makarapa Team are the best!

“It was an amazing experience for me as a young and upcoming designer or artist. I met up with the inventor of the helmet, a wonderful gentleman called Alfred Baloyi. Mr Baloyi was patient with me and all I can say is a big thanks to the Makarapa team, you guys have been helpful towards my project,” said a visibly chuffed Oberholzer who aspires to be a top notch artist in the near future.

 

22 January 2014
Isidingo TV crew love our makarapa's

The actors and actresses met up with Team BBBQ at the recent Ram Slam Twenty20 match played at Supersport Park in Centurion.

Great to see their support of our great South African heritage makarapa.

Thanks for your support guys!

 

 

 

22 January 2014
Q & A with our artist

Scan the crowds at any major football match in South Africa and what will immediately stand out are the elaborately carved and colorfully decorated plastic helmets called Makarapa.

This iconic adornment is an important part of the local football matches' festival atmosphere. But it is not a fly-by-night commercial gimmick; it's the brainchild of a highly talented artist who invented it not just for show, but for safety.

The idea came with Alfred Baloyi, now 56, in 1979 at a local derby in Soweto, South Africa's largest township, in the southwest of Johannesburg. Football derbies are tense more so when Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs lock horns.

The artistic Baloyi spoke in front of the Lucky Bean Media cameras this week about how he came to inventing the Makarapa. Here is a Q & A between Baloyi and Lucky Bean Media, which will be aired by a Brazilian broadcaster shortly before the start of the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in June.

Lucky Bean Media: How did you come up with the idea to craft this art?

Alfred Baloyi: We used to go to the stadium without wearing anything on our heads and it was dangerous. I realized that these hard hats could protect me. Soweto derbies, traditionally played by top local teams Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates, are tense affairs, and crowds can become really unruly. At one of the matches I saw a bottle flying through the air about to hit another fan’s head, and that’s how I got this idea.

LBM: Were you employed at that particular time when the idea came your mind?

AB: Yes, I was employed as a municipal bus cleaner in Pretoria at the time, but soon became totally focused on creating makarapas. My work didn’t stop at hats either: I began painting workmen’s overalls in the colours of my favorite team Kaizer Chiefs, transforming overalls into stunning and flashy gear.

Other football fans started to notice, and asked me to sell this makarapas on the spot, and gave me their overalls to paint. That’s how it started being a business for me.

LBM: Are these Makarapa’s still very much in demand even four years after the 2010 Soccer World Cup?

AB: Yes, we are still busy crafting this pieces of art but, although the demand is not as high as during and leading up to the 2010 World Cup, people still want them. We even get orders from other African countries and even from European countries. My dream is to go to Brazil so that I can sell them there and craft them on orders for the Brazilian fans, whom I am told love these Makarapas.

LBM: Did 2010 change your life at all, how?

AB: Yes, it was very good to me because I employed about 100 people working under me so it not only changed my life but the lives of others as well as it created small jobs. We even opened a warehouse in downtown Johannesburg as a result of a huge demand for this makarapas.

I benefited a lot out of doing this because I managed to built myself a very big house in Limpopo and bought two cars as well.

LBM: Who are some of the celebrity footballers that you have met through your job of creating this makarapas.

AB: I met many high profile footballers and administrators. In 2010 Heineken invited me to Holland for a shoot and I met Wesley Schneider while I was there. Although the security was tight around him, I managed to at least give him a hug and shake his hand.

LBM: Do you think these makarapas will still be in demand 10 years from now?

AB: Absolutely. These makarapas get damaged at soccer stadiums and some become out of fashion because we create them in different shapes, sizes and designs. So you might find that the makarapa we created last year is now outdated and a soccer fan needs to buy a new one and comes to us.

LBM: Alfred thanks so much for your time we wish you get granted your dream to go to the Brazil World Cup.

AB: Thank you so much, it is my pleasure.

 

1 November 2013
Launch of our new www.makarapa.co.za website

Welcome to our new and exciting website which will showcase our offerings to the market.

We will be constantly updating our galleries with our latest designs and fan inventions.

We really look forward forward to showcase the exceptional talents of our large stable of very creative artists, many of whom are unemployed and make there living from the company.

We appreciate all of your support which really goes a long way to assisting our crew, so the more orders we get the more money they make!

We are proud to also have finally received the trademark registration for 'makarapa' and aim to keep this a local South African venture. We are particularly proud the FIFA have recognised the trademark under the catergory 'headware' and sub category 'novelty headware!'

Kind Regards

Team Makarapa

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9 March2016
Gracepoint Church uses Makarapa's in their worship
9 March2016
Red Heart Rum supporting football
9 March2016
Great to be supporting the Boks
11 September2015
FNB Varsity soccer loving makarapa's
11 September2015
DIY Makarapa's hit the USA
11 September2015
Makarapa to sponsor Team SA
23 April2014
Makarapa opens doors for University student
22 January2014
Isidingo TV crew love our makarapa's
22 January2014
Q & A with our artist
1 November2013
Launch of our new www.makarapa.co.za website
 
 
 
 
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