Blow more than a vuvuzela

2010-02-21 10:07

City Press recently ran a piece on how much it will cost a Bafana Bafana fan to watch their favourite team come the 2010 World Cup from June 11 to July 11.

However, as the World Cup approaches and with less than 110 days to go before the big shindig kicks off, TIMOTHY MOLOBI discovers that entrepreneurs’ creative juices are flowing freely. This means that fans will have to cough up more to look the part.

This week a company launched vuvuzela-shaped earplugs for those with a problem with the noise at stadiums, while FNB, who are one of Fifa’s partners, launched some custom-made makarapas. The list seems to go on and on.­..

While a vuvuzela is a must for most South Africans to blow the opponents away, there are now ear plugs to counter the noise.

Though not yet popular with locals, kuduzela is an alternative to vuvuzela. The wind instrument in the shape of a kudu horn sounds like a trumpeting elephant.

Also known as baby vuvuzela, this small instrument sounds like a baby crying. It’s irritating but supporters love the sound of it.

According to prominent Kaizer Chiefs supporter, Sadaam Maake, the vuthela is not so popular with South Africans. This is a small instrument which is user-friendly for all supporters as it does not take a big effort to blow.

You need to carry a car battery to operate this one. After winding for some time especially when your team is attacking, it makes a sound like an air-raid siren or alarm.

This modified, decorated miners’ helmet is synonymous with South African soccer fans. Makarapa is adorned with the colours of the supported team.

It has become fashionable for fans to wear giant glasses with team slogans and logos.

Dust Coat
Some supporters just can’t do without their long and colourful coats when they go out to support their team.

A country’s flag is a must for every ­supporter.

A scarf with team colours has also become a must for supporters.



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