Vuvuzelas: get your facts straight
IN response to Rich Mkhondo of the World Cup Local Organising Committee, who was quoted as saying that vuvuzelas are engrained in the history of South Africa, I’d caution him to get his facts correct.
Vuvuzelas originated at the Shembe Church in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the early 20th century and were used as part of their services. It is a myth that vuvuzelas were made out of KuduhornbytheZulusfor hunting. The Shembe Church states that it was the church’s founder, Isaiah Shembe, who, in 1910, created the vuvuzela to be played as part of their worship of God.
The vuvuzela was originally made out of wood, but was later formed from metal. It was only in 1987 that the first vuvuzela, made of metal, was used at a
football match between AmaZulu and JomoCosmos. Twelve years later Neil van Schalkwyk trademarked the name vuvuzela and commercialised the current plastic instrument.
Based on the facts above, how is the vuvuzela engrained in the history of South Africa? They weren’t used when the Zulus and the Boers, or the British and the Zulu clashed in war. I’d be interested to hear from Mkhondoif the vuvuzela is engrained in history, why it isn’t used as an instrument in the South African national anthem. The fact is that it was one man who created the vuvuzela to be used at church services and decades later it was used at a football match. Only in the past eight to 10 years has it been adopted by South Africans, and now a handful of people from around the world, as an instrument of support at football matches. the police take your job. All the matches start exactly on time, even if some of the crowd haven’t taken their seats. The streets and verges are cleaned regularly. On the M4 north, our street signage is being replaced. Everywhere there is activity and our country is looking fantastic.
It just goes to show that South Africans can turn our country around, even if it is for another president.
JOHN STEENHUISEN MPL
Durban MICHAEL MALAN
Clapton, London KIP PRESTON
Howick CLLR GEOFF PULLAN (DA) Westbrook Beach, Tongaat