I think it should be banned. The sound is not a friendly one.
No. Dont ban the plastic trumpets.
Prepare for vuvuzela at next year's WC
Take away the vuvuzela trumpet, and you take away the essence of the South African football fan.
So when European complaints came in that the relentless noise during Confederations Cup games was paining their sensitive ears, South Africans showed little compassion.
"Moves to ban Vuvuzelas," news billboards across the capital Pretoria blared on Thursday as fan became outraged.
"This is our voice. We sing through it," said Chris Massah Malawai, a 23-year-old company owner who was cheering, and blaring, for Bafana Bafana as they beat New Zealand on Wednesday. "It makes me feel the game."
At 17, student Rolebolige Matolindizo and his trumpet are inseparable.
"My vuvuzela will be part of my life," he said.
Chief World Cup organiser Danny Jordaan has already said how the roof architecture of the Soccer City Stadium for the next year's final would have the vuvuzela noise cascading down the stand and produce "the noisiest World Cup ever".
In essence, it would be like banning European fans from singing and roaring at games.
And Fifa itself has promoted the vuvuzela as something uniquely South African on par with the makarapa, the crazy and colourful miner's helmets stitched together from recycled materials. At least those are hard on the eyes only.
"You can certainly hear them," Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro said after his team's first game.
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso wanted Fifa to get rid of them as an "annoyance" that adds nothing to the game, and European broadcasters have been complaining because they interfere with the commentary being piped back home.
Fifa has said it will discuss the instrument with the local organising committee of the World Cup, but not before the end of the Confederations Cup.
The official vuvuzela is a plastic horn in colourful colours that is 61 centimetres long and weighs no more than 110 grams.
Stadiums need only to be half full and the din of the trumpets already exceeds the noise level in many a European stadium.
It usually starts as soon as the first fans enter the stadiums and continues throughout the game, turning into a monotonous blare as if produced by a million bees.
"Our fans blow their vuvuzelas before the match. Maybe because they know that they might not be celebrating afterwards," Jordaan joked.
Beville Bachmann has seen plenty of controversy surrounding the trumpet of which he now co-owns the trademark.
"We make no excuses about the noise," he said in a telephone interview. "We are quiet proud of it."
Sales have gone in the hundreds of thousands and are expected to reach record levels with the hype around the World Cup.
Bachmann said the origins may go back to the use of kudu antelope horns.
"It is no longer environmentally friendly to put down a kudu for this," Bachmann said. "We think plastic is better."
And like it or not, the vuvuzela will be there next year, right through the July 11, 2010, World Cup final.
"When we go to South Africa, we go to Africa," Fifa president Sepp Blatter said. "It is noisy. It is something else than in the rest of world."
There is only one way to deal with them, Bachmann said.
"If you cannot beat them, join them," he said. "If you find it offensive on the ears, take a vuvuzela and blow it. It will no longer be an irritation."