‘Vuvuzela moment’: Where were you at noon yesterday?

2010-06-10 00:00

OFFICES and businesses all around the country took some time off at 12 noon yesterday to take part in the nation’s “vuvuzela moment”.

The initiative asked employers to allow staff to get together and blow their vuvuzelas to show support for South Africa’s football team and the country’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature, as well as its Speaker Neliswa Nkonyeni, even took time off from a training session that they were attending in a Pietermaritzburg hotel to have their vuvuzela moment.

The government officials joined hundreds of people who had gathered on Pietermaritz Street, blowing vuvuzelas and waving South African flags. The crowd included schoolchildren who, with holidays starting yesterday, were free to join in the country’s World Cup experience.

Nkonyeni said that she is very excited that the World Cup has finally arrived.

“The sense of anticipation has been heightened by the highly improved performance of the national team Bafana Bafana,” she said.

Similar scenes were evident at Northdale Hospital and the Liberty Mall, where staff members were given the opportunity to join in on the vuvuzela festivities.

The vuvuzela has caused much controversy in friendly internationals played in South Africa and at last year’s Confederations Cup. Studies conducted indicate that the vuvuzela can cause permanent hearing loss.

However, Fifa has approved the instrument, and it will most certainly be one of the tournament’s main features.

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