|(World Cup) Vuvuzelas banned in Brasil
South Africa's vuvuzelas will be quiet when the football World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
Four years after the tournament first came to Africa, many see the global event as a poisoned chalice for its host.
Diehard South African fans will no doubt tune in to the games in Brazil, but gone are the flags flying from car windows, the colorful hard hats, and those ubiquitous plastic trumpets.
Apart from nostalgia little is left of the optimism that swept the country, symbolised by a beaming Nelson Mandela taking to Soweto's Soccer City pitch in a golf cart for the final.
"It really united a lot of people, and it brought a lot of excitement,'' remembers informatics student Sihle Dube, 20.
That intangible unity meant a lot to a nation still grappling with centuries of racial segregation.
But it was short-lived.
"National unity, national pride that we had in the World Cup and everything else -- I think that probably wore off about three years ago,'' said political analyst Dale McKinley. --AFP