THE government and the local organising committee have reaffirmed their support for the use of vuvuzelas at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka said the vuvuzelas would welcome all 31 countries that will join Bafana Bafana in the tournament.
LOC chairperson Irvin Khoza said they were happy that Fifa president Sepp Blatter had publicly voiced his support for the use of the vuvuzela at the World Cup.
Shiceka and Khoza were among the dignitaries who witnessed the flag-raising ceremony of the 32 countries that have qualified for the quadrennial tournament.
Several countries, including Spain, Egypt and Japan, have complained bitterly about the vuvuzelas, saying the instrument was "too noisy".
Khoza said: "Blatter has made it clear that Fifa does not have a problem with the use of vuvuzelas as long as they were not used as a weapon during games."
Shiceka, who is also the convener of the LOC host cities' forum, said they were impressed with overall preparations for the World Cup. "We will look after all the teams when they arrive in our country. We will ensure that everybody is protected," he said.