Flags fly high in support of 2010

The Soweto resident in Naledi Mojalefa street but up flags outside there house to celebrate world cup .PIC. ELIZABETH SEJAKE. 10/05/2010.© THE TIMES
The Soweto resident in Naledi Mojalefa street but up flags outside there house to celebrate world cup .PIC. ELIZABETH SEJAKE. 10/05/2010.© THE TIMES

"WE CAN also feel it."

"WE CAN also feel it."

This was said by residents of Mojalefa Street in Naledi, Soweto, who gave the assurance that they were ready for the first World Cup on African soil.

The community came together and decided to hoist flags of teams taking part in the World Cup at their homes to show their support for the soccer spectacle.

Each house in the street has two flags - a South African flag and one of the other 31 teams taking part in the month-long tournament that kicks off on June 11.

George Mokobane said they collected R25 from each house in to buy the flags.

"Wehave alwaysbeen unitedinthis street. Even after the 1994 elections we all hoisted the new South African flag in our homes," he said.

Takalani Mukwevho said the community cleaned up the streets and went around singing before hoisting the flags.

"We hoist them in the morning and lower them at night to ensure they are not stolen."

Papa Mohapi said they wanted to show neighbouring streets, other townships and foreign visitors that they were ready for the World Cup. He urged all South Africans to also fly the flags.

Nandy Selepe said they had also bought Bafana Bafana T-shirts to show that they are proud of their team and country.

Mokobane said they would have loved to have a big-screen television to watch all the games.

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