Vu­vuze­las: get your facts straight

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

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 MPLDur­ban MICHAEL MALANClap­ton, London KIP PRE­STONHow­ick CLLR GEOFF PUL­LAN (DA) West­brook Beach, Ton­gaat

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