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June 14, 2010

Ban Vuvuzelas?


Soccer fans around the world are calling for South Africa's celebratory musical instrument, the Vuvuzela, to be banned during the 2010 World Cup soccer matches.

The instruments have, according to the New Zealand Herald, been called "mindless" and "excruciating". ESPN's Mike Greenberg said on Mike and Mike that it was as though you were being "attacked by a swarm of locusts for 90 consecutive minutes".

I haven't had much personal experience with vuvuzelas myself, not being too much of a noise-making fan, but one was once blown right behind me when I was at Sandton City and it felt as though my brain was vibrating within my cranium!

I watched the opening match on Friday as well, and the drone was at exactly the same pitch at the beginning and all through the match, as it was when Bafana Bafana's Simphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal or when Mexico scored their equaliser.

Perhaps we need to learn when to blow the vuvuzelas to celebrate - use them to show when we're really happy about the situation on the field - than constantly blow them because the game on field might be a little more boring than expected!

Plus, South Africa might find that we need to pay many medical bills in future because the international visitors during this time find themselves in need of hearing aids because of the instruments!


  1. There are a couple of petitions online to ban the vuvuzela from the World Cup. Here's one:

  2. Melissa De Klerk15 June, 2010 15:30

    Have you seen the Vuvuzero t-shirt?