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Cape Town Stadium turned into an abattoir

Yesterday Portugal faced off against Korea DPR at the beautiful Cape Town Stadium at 13h30. I was one of the lucky 63, 644 fans to witness a goal scoring feast that happens to also be the highest score at World Cup 2010 thus far.

I was pleasantly surprised at the efficiency at which the transport system operated from the CBD to the drop off point near the stadium. Looking at all the fans queuing to get into the stadium I must admit I was a bit worried we weren’t going to make it in time for the kickoff. Then again without much hassle we were in the stadium listening to thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas.

All in all I had a fantastic day in the Mother City being pleasantly surprised by the efficiency at which everything ran building up to and including the match of the day. But the highlight of my day was watching a high scoring match seeing that I only had this one world cup ticket. Ke Nako!

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Vuvuzela sound toned down

The Vuvuzela plastic horn have become the unofficial sound of the Soccer World Cup 2010 and have become the talking point among many.

Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo told reporters the plastic horn affects the players’ focus on the pitch.

“A lot of players don’t like them, but they are going to have to get used to them,” says the Galactico star.

South Africa-based company Masincedane Sport who started mass producing the plastic horn in 2001 have come up with a toned down version by simply modifying the mouthpiece.

“There is now a new vuvuzela which will blow noise that is 20 decibels less than the old one,” says Neil van Schalkwyk, a partner at Masincedane Sport.

The sound level of the instrument has been measured at 131 dB(A) at the opening of the horn and at 113 dB(A) two metres in front of the opening, both dangerously high levels for unprotected ears.

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