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Vuvuzelas unplugged for some

2010-06-11 10:52

Cape Town - Pharmacies are starting to run out of ear plugs, as fans scramble to protect their hearing against the deafening sound of vuvuzelas.

"Our ear plugs are sold out," a representative of Netpharm pharmacy in Cape Town told News24, adding that they cost about R20 a pair.

The Table Pharmacy in the V&A Waterfront also indicated that many people have been buying ear plugs to counter the sound of the vuvuzela.

A local entrepreneur has come up with his own novelty ear plugs to protect spectators.

Neil van Schalkwyk, who brought the vuvuzela to the mass market has partnered with Uthango Social Investments to sell ear plugs to fans for R25 a pair.

Van Schalkwyk says his Vuvuzela unPlugged earplugs are manufactured and assembled by 120 South Africans with disabilities who earn a direct income from this initiative.

The ear plugs are available from the website and 14 Park and Ride facilities around stadiums in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Money made from the sale of these ear plugs also contribute to Uthango's expenses.

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