In 1961, Hajra Wadee and her husband, the late Ahmed Wadee started selling socks and shirts in an arcade between Market and Commissioner Streets in Johannesburg. The business was then registered under the name Arcade Wholesalers.

In the 90’s Hajra’s son, Ashraf Wadee, opened the store “Makotis” on 112 President Street. Makotis was chosen as it had a double meaning. First, it was chosen in honour of Ashraf’s wife, Hafsa who is known by many as Makoti. Secondly, a “Makoti” which means a bride or daughter-in-law was chosen as many of our traditional garments were sold for traditional weddings. The business is still family run by Ashraf Wadee and his three sons.

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