Dominoes is a favourite game in South Africa’s townships and rural areas. It is played with great passion. Recently I thought I heard gunfire. It was domino players sitting in the midday sun, smashing their dominoes onto a table. One of them was A (pictured). While it is mostly the men who play this game, more daring women occasionally take part. OBSERVATION: The dominoes are self-made, of wood. Ceramic dominoes, as one buys in the shops today, are not popular. They are said to be too slippery – and of course difficult to replace.