Definition of spaza in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɑːzə/


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


Township slang, literally 'camouflaged', of unknown origin.

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