These a are vuvuzelas. The extra large version above is perched on an unfinished bridge in Cape Town, and will allegedly be sounded every time a goal is scored. It’s unclear if this is every time Bafana Bafana score, in which case the silence may be deafening, or if it’s anytime any team scores a goal.
Pictured below is the smallest vuvuzela I’ve seen and in a move that has surprised no-one, least of all me, someone in my office’s building has dared to worsen the building’s decor even further by press-sticking a mini-vuvuzela to a clay version of some fowl or other and putting a Bafana Bafana scarf around these birds’ necks. Three of them stare out at passing traffic and if they were looking at a busier street, I have no doubt they’d be causing accidents.
Still doesn’t beat the map featuring Rhodesia and South West Africa in our boardroom for taste, but it’s pretty damn close.