it’s Ayoba time

Unless you have had your head in the sand you will be somewhat aware that tomorrow is the opening of the World Cup Soccer in South Africa! It’s the first time the event has been held in Africa, and as you can imagine this has generated immense excitement on the continent and especially in the country. I have been told by friends and family on email and facebook that the “gees” (or spirit) at home is amazing.

Yesterday was Vuvuzela Day and hundreds of people took to the streets in Sandton at midday to celebrate as Bafana Bafana (the “boys”) drove around the area in a bus. I can only imagine how deafening it would have been, as the vuvuzela (vooo-vooo-zeh-lah), or stadium horn, makes A LOT of noise and is always in evidence at soccer matches in SA. If you are attending a game live you may want to take some ear plugs just in case :-).

Here are some pics from yesterday, sent to me by a friend. It looks like a good turnout.




[world cup fever in Sandton, JHB]

Apparently the word “Ayoba” is an exuberant expression of general delight or approval, rather than a word with a specific meaning; but not having been home during this build-up I cannot be sure.

We will be watching the opening tomorrow at Emirates Golf Club, won’t be quite the same but I am sure it will be fun nevertheless. 

Ke Nako. It’s Time.

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