Cuca shop

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A cuca Shop Okankolo, Namibia
A cuca Shop Okankolo, Namibia

A Cuca shop is a Southern African term for a "Shebeen"—an unlicensed house selling alcoholic liquor.[1]

The term is used in Namibia[2][3][4] and Angola, and is derived from a Portuguese make of Cuca Beer, which was available in Angola (a Portuguese colony)[1] during the 1960s and the 1970s. South African Defence Force troops, who patrolled the northern area during the bush war, frequently purchased mahango beer and Owambo liquor at these tin shack shebeens.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The term "Cuca shop" featured prominently in the launch edition of Hai Ti!, a Creative-Commons released comic strip that spread the word about the ways that computers and the internet can transform learners' and teachers' lives. Hai Ti! was created by School Net Namibia, a nonprofit provider of internet service, hardware and training to the schools of Namibia.


  1. ^ a b Dobler, G.; Bibliographien, B.A. (2014). Traders and Trade in Colonial Ovamboland: Elite Formation and the Politics of Consumption under Indirect Rule and Apartheid, 1925-1990. Basel Southern Africa Series (BSAS). African Books Collective. p. 129. ISBN 978-3-905758-40-5.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Dobler_Bibliographien_2014" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Langfield, M.; Logan, W.; Craith, M.N. (2009). Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights: Intersections in Theory and Practice. Key Issues in Cultural Heritage. Taylor & Francis. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-135-19070-5. 
  3. ^ Akuupa, M. (2015). National Culture in Post-Apartheid Namibia: State-sponsored Cultural Festivals and their Histories. Basel Namibia Studies Series. African Books Collective. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-905758-42-9. For example when I went to visit Kayengona village that is home to my wife and also where I run a small cuca shop", I am not regarded as an " A cuca shop is a small business holding which usually sells small merchandise such as traditional ... 
  4. ^ van Wolputte, S.; Fumanti, M. (2010). Beer in Africa: Drinking Spaces, States and Selves. African Studies / Afrikanische Studien Series. Lit. p. 25. ISBN 978-3-8258-1257-7.