zozo, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
From Zozo, the registered trade name of a company supplying prefabricated parts for small ‘do it yourself’ houses. The company initially made playground equipment (the manufacture of houses beginning in the early 1970s), and was named after a monkey in a series of children’s stories by H.A. Rey.
The proprietary name of a particular make of prefabricated building; also (especially in township English) applied loosely to any prefabricated or temporary building, especially a small one. Also attributive.
1980 Sunday Times 3 Feb. 11To boycott zozos (mealie-meal stalls) which are used as tuck shops at most schools.
1986 M. Manaka in S. Gray Market Plays 61Izwe: You will not be around when the roof of this zozo comes down. Jimi: Only the professors can close the zozo.
1987 Learn & Teach No.2, 34Do you live in a Zozo and hate your landlord? Have you waited years and years for a house?
1987 Pace Sept. 49Lesedi has grown phenomenally, exceeding the expectations of its planners to the extent that several ‘Zozos’ had to be erected on the premises for use as consulting rooms and offices.
1990 R. Stengel January Sun 151For R52, each person got a plot of three hundred square meters, a water tap, a toilet, and a Zozo house, which is a gleaming one-room tin shed.
The proprietary name of a particular make of prefabricated building; also (especially in township English) applied loosely to any prefabricated or temporary building, especially a small one. Also attributive.
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