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During the July unrests, lives were lost, some people lost everything, and businesses suffered due to looting.

Being South African, we always try to see the bright side and if we can we’ll try to laugh about it. That’s exactly what happened when one person spotted a bright blue couch in an informal settlement in KwaZulu-Natal.

The blue San Pablo couch was looted from the Leather Gallery’s flagship store in Springfield, Durban. It has since been recovered, restored and the famous couch is now on tour.

The idea behind the tour came when the Springfield branch realised that people started taking photos of the blue couch and selfies in front of it when they put it back in their shop window.

People immediately recognised the couch due to social media, something the regional manager of the Leather Gallery in Gauteng, Hardus Janse van Rensburg, told News24 was something positive to come out of the unrest.

“We noticed that when we put the San Pablo in the window, people would come in and take selfies with the couch. It’s been an amazing source of advertising for us since it (the July unrest) happened.”

The couch is currently in Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria where locals have been taking selfies with their families.

Image credit: The Citizen

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