Pta streets to be closed
Pretoria - Streets will be closed around the Loftus Versfeld precinct in Pretoria on Saturday for the Super 14 rugby match between the Blue Bulls and the Crusaders, Tshwane metro said on Friday.
Spokesperson for the Tshwane community safety department Console Tleane said the closure would be the last dry-run for the Confederations Cup in June.
"The road closures will start from 08:00 on Saturday and will only be reopened after the match, which is estimated to end at 17:00," he said.
He said there would be a park-and-ride operation from the Rugby Union grounds at the corner of Queen Wilhelmina Road and Totius Street.
"This means that all match-goers will have to leave their vehicles at a designated parking facility. They will then be transported to the stadium by busses organised by the city."
He said members of the Peace Development Programme (PDP) would patrol the parking area.
The PDP consists of young people who have basic training in road traffic control and crime prevention. They are able to identify possible threats and alert the metro police.
"The only vehicles which will be allowed to enter the restricted area are the busses ferrying the players, accredited vehicles ferrying some of the top officials, then police and other emergency vehicles. Players' busses will be escorted to and from the stadium."
Residents of the Loftus Versfeld precinct would only be allowed in and out of the precinct if they were carrying accreditation tags issued by the metro police. Alternatively, they should carry their municipal services statements as a form of identification.
A total of 140 metro police officers will be on duty for the operation. They will be complemented by the fire brigade and ambulance services personnel.
"The City of Tshwane's Community Safety department is ready to host the Confederations Cup," Tleane said.