Sheep heads shaved and ready to be thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed well to remove all hairs.  Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sheep heads shaved and ready to be thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed well to remove all hairs. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Smileys are selling at the price of R70 for a full head and R35 for half. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Smileys are selling at the price of R70 for a full head and R35 for half. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Sipho Peter offloading sheep heads in Nyanga. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Sipho Peter offloading sheep heads in Nyanga. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Avuya Msongwelwa cleaning the sheep heads. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Avuya Msongwelwa cleaning the sheep heads. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendors Avuya Msongelwa, Gcobani Msongelwa and Sinoxolo Mcetywa remove hair from sheep heads. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendors Avuya Msongelwa, Gcobani Msongelwa and Sinoxolo Mcetywa remove hair from sheep heads. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Cape Town-180829 Street vendor Sipho Peer offloading Smiley Sheep head in Nyanga before cleaning them. The Sheep head also know as Smiley is very popular in the township it used to be cooked only if threr was traditional cremony nowadays there are many places that clean and sell this delicacy,cooked or uncooked  Pictures Ayanda Ndamane/African/news/agency ANA
Cape Town-180829 Street vendor Sipho Peer offloading Smiley Sheep head in Nyanga before cleaning them. The Sheep head also know as Smiley is very popular in the township it used to be cooked only if threr was traditional cremony nowadays there are many places that clean and sell this delicacy,cooked or uncooked Pictures Ayanda Ndamane/African/news/agency ANA
Street vendors cut the hair of the smiley using a pair of garden scissors. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendors cut the hair of the smiley using a pair of garden scissors. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
A street vendor scrubs and rinses the sheep heads well to remove all hairs. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
A street vendor scrubs and rinses the sheep heads well to remove all hairs. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Khanyisile Nelisani from Nyanga cooking the smiley. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Khanyisile Nelisani from Nyanga cooking the smiley. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Phumlani Mayephu cleans the remaining hair off the smiley before cleaning them with water. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Phumlani Mayephu cleans the remaining hair off the smiley before cleaning them with water. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Phumzo Mqadi burns off the remaining hair with a gas flame. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Street vendor Phumzo Mqadi burns off the remaining hair with a gas flame. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sinoxolo Mcetywa cuts open the sheep headStreet vendors. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sinoxolo Mcetywa cuts open the sheep headStreet vendors. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sinoxolo Mcetywa dishing out the sheep head. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sinoxolo Mcetywa dishing out the sheep head. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Customers enjoying sheep head with bread and tomato in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Customers enjoying sheep head with bread and tomato in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sheep head ready to be eaten. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Sheep head ready to be eaten. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA

Cape Town - Sheep heads also known as smileys are very popular in South African townships. 

It used to be cooked only for traditional ceremonies but nowadays there are many places that clean and sell this delicacy, cooked or uncooked.

Smileys are currently selling at the price of  R70 full head and R35 for a half. 

The sheep's head must be thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed well to remove all hairs. Hair removal can also involve a blowtorch and garden scissors.

Then the cooking begins with the sheep heads par-cooked and roasted. The heat exposes the sheep's teeth into a grin or smile.

There are various ways that smileys can be eaten. Sometimes, it can be enjoyed with bread and tomato as a quick and filling dish. Other times, the 'inhloko isigqokweni' which translates from Zulu to 'head-on-a-plate' - is just cooked and eaten.

There are also people who prefer their smileys curried, adding spices and stew in the mix.  

African News Agency Ayanda Ndamane captured the process of preparing the perfect smiley recently.