Madiba memorabilia sales skyrocket

It seems everyone wants a token reminder of Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

This vendor says locals and tourists are flocking to her stall to buy Madiba shirts. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Vendors in Greenmarket Square in the Cape Town CBD say although they are sad Nelson Mandela has passed away, they have also welcomed the spike in sales.

The former president died on Thursday at the age of 95.

There's been a brisk sale in all things bearing Madiba's image and traders say it seems locals and tourists alike want to get their hands on a piece of the global icon.

They say since Madiba passed away, they have been working around the clock on new products to honour his legacy.

While some locals say they're buying Mandela memorabilia because they want a token to remember this experience, some tourists say they want to take Mandela memorabilia home to their loved ones.

The most popular items have been the iconic Madiba shirts, paintings and handbags with prints of his face and his prison number.

Vendors say they believe this is just the beginning, and they expect their sales to spike even further before Madiba is laid to rest.

They say they're stocking up.

Madiba will be buried in Qunu on 15 December.


Some Cape Town flower sellers said on Saturday they've seen a huge spike in sales as people pay tribute to the former president.

Mourners in the Western Cape have placed flowers at the Grand Parade, where Madiba made his first speech after being released from prison in 1990.

Some flower sellers told Eyewitness News their businesses are flourishing.

One woman said, "It's a miracle that the flowers are selling. They didn't even sell as well when Lady Diana died."