Bokkie says “Happy Christmas!”

Bokkie says
Anyone who's lived in Cape Town for a number of years will instantly recognise Bokkie. Bokkie was the poster-child (or poster-animal, if you prefer) for an anti-bushfire campaign that originated in the 70s or 80s. I remember the posters being around when I was a little girl, which would have been in the early 80s.

These posters appeared on signboards in the vicinity of Table Mountain and around the South Peninsula. They featured Bokkie, with a single big tear rolling down his cheek, and the words 'Look what you've done! Bokkie says "Only you can prevent forest fires."' I was a terribly sensitive young thing, so seeing one of these posters always made me very sad...

I know of only one that still exists, somewhere near Scarborough if I remember correctly - or at least, it did last time we drove through there. If you know of any others, let us know by leaving a comment.

I spotted this miniature stylised version of Bokkie at the Montebello Design Centre, and bought it to hang on our Christmas tree.

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