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Thousands greet S. African squad on arrival in Jo'burg

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London, June 10 (ANI): Tens of thousands of people poured on to the streets of Johannesburg to greet the South African side's appearance on an open-top bus with an ear-splitting cacophony of cheers and blasts on vuvuzela horns.

According to reports, the streets of the Sandton business district were choc-a-bloc to hail Bafana Bafana - the nickname for the team, which loosely translates as Our Boys.

Office workers also took to the streets across the city to blow vuvuzelas and wave flags while passing cars tooted their horns.

Some wore clown wigs in national colours, and others had makarapas - hard hats carved and painted into the shape of footballers and flags.choolchildren were allowed to leave at midday on a special extended month-long World Cup holiday, adding to the party atmosphere.

A spokesman for the local organising committee said everything was in place but added that opening-day traffic jams remained a concern. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 17:37 [IST]
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