Definition of spaza in English:

spaza

noun

  • (in South Africa) a small unofficial store in a township, often based in a private house.

    • ‘Most Freedom Park residents rely on spazas for their groceries, ‘but those who want to buy bulk usually go to near-by Devland,’ Masuku explains.’
    • ‘These products are sold on street corners, in garages and in spazas to an unwitting but gullible horde of patients.’
    • ‘Secondly, small units are attached to many of the homes, to be used as workshops, spazas or anything else.’
    • ‘They make dishwashing and window cleaning liquids for sale to spaza shops and schools in the area.’
    • ‘Ngculu's customers are mostly locals who patronise her spaza because of its close proximity and because it operates outside normal retail hours.’

Origin

Township slang, literally ‘camouflaged’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

spaza

/ˈspɑːzə/