The sheep's head lady

Meet the lady who sits on the side of a road in Langa, preparing sheep's head. This is the local delicacy known as a ‘smiley’. The cheek of a sheep is tender meat. The eyes and the brain are removed and put into a sort of stew. They say that if you eat the eyes, you will have good eye sight, and if you eat the ears, you will have better hearing. The sheep’s head is one of the cheaper parts of the animal that you can buy from the local butchery. The sheep’s heads are bought from the butchery, and then left out in the sun to dry for the morning until early afternoon before preparing it on the fire. You can buy a full sheep’s head for around R50 (3€).