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spaza (plural spazas)

  1. (South Africa) An informal trading post or convenience store found in townships and remote areas.
    • 2008, Lauren Beukes, Moxyland, Jacana Media, →ISBN, page 105:
      I walk briskly away from the howling child and the burly cop and the snickering shoppie. And into the first spaza I can find, for a Ghost.
    • 2011, Dan Banik, The Legal Empowerment Agenda (page 59)
      The study found that spazas predominantly source their supplies from large wholesalers such as Macro, Metro and Cash and Carry.

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