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SA telecommunications company Telkom have successfully broken an interesting world record with a giant football in Pretoria.

Telkom has broken a world record by building a 50-tonne football on top of the Lukasrand tower in Pretoria, the company said on Thursday.

The football is 24 metres across and eight stories in height and was built in anticipation of the FIFA 2010 World Cup taking place next year in the country, Telkom said in a statement.

It said that the giant ball has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as 'the largest football structure" in the world.

"As a national supporter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Telkom is confident that this initiative will engender greater public support and excitement ahead of this year's Final Draw on December 4 in Cape Town, and the world's largest football showpiece to be hosted in South Africa next year," said Telkom's Group CEO, Reuben September at the launch.

He added, "Besides highlighting Tshwane as one of the host cities, this feature could become one of the most eye-catching off-field spectacles related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Telkom is proud to give Gauteng a visible legacy that will forever link the province to the world's greatest soccer tournament."

Peter Pedroncelli,