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spaza, noun

Forms:
Also sphaza.
Origin:
From township slang spaza (adjective) ‘camouflaged’, ‘dummy’ (see Ngwenya quotation 1989); ultimate origin unknown.
In full spaza shop: a small informal store in a township, often run from a private home. Also attributive. See also informal sector (informal sense 1).
Note:
In the past spazas, being illegal, were usually operated clandestinely.
1988 Natal Mercury 22 Dec. 2The proliferation of ‘spaza’ or camouflage grocery shops in township homes..was evidence that more blacks were becoming self-employed...About 240 spaza stores were opening..around the country..every month.
1994 Sunday Times 18 Sept. 9A Chinese woman..runs a spaza shop from her garage.
a small informal store in a township, often run from a private home. Also attributive.

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