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gees we’ve got it


gees gees Gees*. It’s classic South Africa; spirit, pride, patriotism.

Gees is also spectacuar stadiums with tens of thousands of people from all walks of life, beer, braais (barbequeues), makarapas, chanting, singing, dancing, Shosholoza, crowds, anthems, colour and the wonderful, noisy one-note samba that is the vuvuzela.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the World Cup is our excuse, but you wouldn’t be entirely right. This outpouring is a young nation, making its way with joy, celebration and gees. No denying. We’ve got it!

* pronounced with a throat–clearing g, then a double e as in queer, peer, or seer and and a plain–old long s. Try it; gees. Again; gees. That sounds just fine.


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The real thing.


Gees to spare.


Tina=gees


Misguided Holland supporter. No gees.


The shops have gees.


Laduuuuuuuuuma!


They’ve come from around the world.


Who’s he?


It’s working; one of these French supporters has already weakened and bought a Bafana Bafana vuvuzela.


Style and African flair.


Retail gees.


Nice try, but no gees.


Uruguayan supporters. Feeling the chill?


Shame. Not enough hair to spell Bafana Bafana?


Good idea, but it won’t help.


Two generations of Bafana Bafana supporter.


Mom! Zij hebben “gees” maar wij niet!


Nah bru. It just grows like this.


It won’t be.


Low key gees. Every little bit counts.


Waiting for the game to start.


Gees is everywhere.


Bring it on! Occasionally, the gees gets out of hand. Grrr.


Come one. Come all.


Workers from a fast food outlet call local supporters in to graze.


Gees for the head; Bafana Bafana doek.


Modern day Bafana Bafana warrior and friend.


Game ready; a South African flag newly tattooed on your neck and a Castle Lager to take away the pain.


Full house; Cape Town badge, Bafana Bafana shirt and makarapa.


A Uruguayan supporter gets his first glimpse of gees.


Opening day warm–up session.


Careful on those steps! Every supporter is precious.


Aaaah! The vuvuzelas.


Still no worries mate?


Sorry. I have a French boyfriend.


Yeah, yeah. But no gees.


With a Castle and a felt pen we can conquer the world.


Brazil has sent Batman. Pah!


Gees was photographed in and around Cape Town on June 11th, with the happy, friendly and welcoming assistance of hundreds of South Africans. And a few gees–less tourists; shame for them.

Paul Perton Rooi Els June 2010 www.paulperton.com www.psukhe.co.za paul@paulperton.com

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