2010 - by
Encounters and stories, Johannesburg
Carnival- float meets Christmas -Tree meets Giant- Flower- Arrangement. Driving around ‘the Parks’ (greater Rosebank), I often see the amazing technicolour cart decorated with everything that glitters, shimmers and flutters.
Yesterday I stopped to meet the creator .. Solly .. who proudly told me the history of his trolley. As far back as the mid 1960s, Solly collected tin, alumimium and iron in a pull cart. I’m not quite clear when, but gradually he got given ornaments to liven up his trolley until eventually he became such a familiar institution, that people now give him not only ornaments, but also clothes and food. While home is Louis Trichardt (pronounced in the old-school way of Loose Chritchudt), he lives in an office building in Parktown. Every 4 or 5 years he replaces his trolley, rebuilding the outer shell of colourful bric-a-brac. Keep an eye out for Solly’s trolley.