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'it's a loud and beautiful noise'

By Pertunia Ratsatsi | Jun 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

NOISE, singing, dancing and brightly coloured outfits were the order of the day in the capital city, Pretoria, yesterday.

Thousands of fans made their way to the Loftus stadium from 3pm to support Brazil "The samba kings" and Italy " the Azzuris" battling it out for a spot in the semi-finals.

Excitement was lined on the faces of the multi-cultural fans blowing their vuvuzelas and waving their team flags.

"We are a noisy nation," said a group of South African supporters of Brazil.

"If you can't handle the heat - then get out of the kitchen. The vuvuzela is part of our culture and it's here to stay. The Europeans sing all game long and we blow our vuvuzelas.

"People must lean to live with it; their complaints are just an excuse to put South Africans down. Uptight Europeans don't understand the meaning of the word excitement," said Ishtiaq Essop.

While most call the vuvuzela the South African football's beautiful noise, Frans Sithole, 26, and Alex Makoma, 33, think the plastic horn is a way of life.

"People must be crazy to think we can let them ban the vuvuzela. People use to sleep during games at the stadiums, but not any more. I don't think I will enjoy going to the stadium without my vuvuzela," said Sithole.

The vuvuzela is loved by many, both young and old.

"The vuvuzela creates the best atmosphere inside the stadium. If people give it a chance they will love it," said 18-year-old Naseerah Waja.

"I don't have the strength to blow the vuvuzela anymore but I love the noise, it keeps me awake. The vuvuzela is meant to be loud," said Majadibodu Makakula, a 56-year-old from Pretoria.

In a nearby restaurant loud music was being played as customers watched the game.

"A soccer match is not a funeral," said a waiter.

"There are no rules about how much noise supporters should make. We don't mind them blowing the vuvuzelas - it's fun."


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