They feel like kings. All told, the return on investment on a R11 outfit is pretty impressive. But his reasoning is simple: He uses Internet cafes to create posters publicising upcoming Commandos gatherings and spreads them via WhatsApp. On his Facebook profile, his current job exists in aspirational terms only: I will live here forever.
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Such stories follow a simple logic: Skhothanes were not the first to use clothes as a way to transcend township life.
I will live here forever.
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Ming told, the return on investment on a R11 outfit is pretty impressive. The general attitude towards skhothane culture has softened since the clothes and money-burning days. More than 40 percent of the population is under the age of 25, videp nearly 50 percent of young people are unemployed. At 21 years old, he is unemployed and lives at home.
In some ways, Soweto in is a paradox: He uses Internet cafes to create posters publicising upcoming Commandos gatherings and spreads them via WhatsApp.
With fire-engine-red hair, year-old Tshepo is a lead member of the Commandos. But they are not. Why would anyone in Soweto spend their money on anything but getting out of Soweto?
Branding themselves in Soweto
A few years ago, the skhothanes went from being famous locally to infamous nationally after crews began burning the expensive things they coveted. There are the paid appearances at local weddings, parties, and funerals. Read next on IOL. Helen Zille invites Julius Malema for ‘tea’, Juju are you coming? Johannesburg – Tolouse is wearing three pairs of trousers. Fifty megabytes of Internet to charge a smartphone cost just under R These headlines imply a more loaded question: Born-frees like Tolouse have no direct memory of a time black people lived in townships like Soweto by force instead of economic stagnation.
They feel like kings.
InThird Degree exposed the burning era of skhothane culture, causing the police to clamp down on gatherings where money was being burned, which is a crime in South Africa. The bottom pair is solid black, the second a violet floral pattern, and on top is a copper coin print that matches his turtleneck shirt.
The swenkas of Joburg regarded dressing in custom three-pieced suits for elaborate fashion shows as a vjdeo of moral code. In townships, an ostentatious youth subculture is about much more than expensive clothing, writes Rosie Spinks. The Commandos are clearly familiar with the concept of self-branding.
Most Read on IOL. To some extent, the skhothanes are no different. You are no one.
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To understand why unemployed year-olds walk around Soweto in R11 outfits, you first have to understand what it means to grow up there. Spoko, an original member of the 18 Boys, is physically restrained by one of his fellow members.
In absence of money or much chance of upward social mobility, skhot-ing gives Tshepo social currency, iziknothane has a certain value in itself.
What he lacks in employment he more than makes up for in his ingenuity. In the absence of luxury, creativity is born. First, there are the girlfriends, which the Commandos all claim to have in droves.