Stadium closed for maintenance

2019-05-21 06:01
Athlone Stadium.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Athlone Stadium.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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The Athlone Stadium has been closed for annual pitch maintenance and other general work.

The work commenced on Wednesday last week and is expected to be completed on Thursday 15 August.

According to a statement from the City of Cape Town, this will ensure the stadium’s readiness for the next soccer season, which is set to kick off in August. Routine procedures

Executive director for economic opportunities and asset management Kelcy le Keur says the closure forms part of the annual maintenance programme which is highly necessary to ensure the safety of the public.

The City needs to complete necessary alterations to ensure the stadium retains its grading certificate status in terms of the safety at sports and recreational events act (SASREA) No 2 of 2010, says Le Keur.

She adds that failure to comply with the required legislation could result in losing the certificate and lead to a shutdown in June.

According to the statement SASREA requires necessary measures to safeguard the physical well-being of people and property at sports and recreational events, or similar events held at the stadium.

Besides sport activities, the stadium is also a popular events venue. Le Keur says the City has been engaging with the affected parties for all non-operational stadium occupants to move their operations from the premises since November last year.

“The City would like to thank those occupants, both internal and external, who understood the importance of what is required and have already moved off-site to new accommodation. Contrary to what has been perpetuated in the media by some of the occupants, the City has documented its engagement sessions with each one,” says Le Keur.

Most of the occupants are commercial businesses and only a few are NGOs.

“While the City regrets the inconvenience to the commercial users, the Cape Music Institute and SAFA Cape Town, our priority is to ensure that the venue is compliant and safe. This is not negotiable,” says Le Keur.

The Athlone Stadium has been closed for annual pitch maintenance and other general work.

The work commenced on Wednesday last week and is expected to be completed on Thursday 15 August.

According to a statement from the City of Cape Town, this will ensure the stadium’s readiness for the next soccer season, which is set to kick off in August. Routine procedures

Executive director for economic opportunities and asset management Kelcy le Keur says the closure forms part of the annual maintenance programme which is highly necessary to ensure the safety of the public.

The City needs to complete necessary alterations to ensure the stadium retains its grading certificate status in terms of the safety at sports and recreational events act (SASREA) No 2 of 2010, says Le Keur.

She adds that failure to comply with the required legislation could result in losing the certificate and lead to a shutdown in June. According to the statement SASREA requires necessary measures to safeguard the physical well-being of people and property at sports and recreational events, or similar events held at the stadium.

Besides sport activities, the stadium is also a popular events venue.

Le Keur says the City has been engaging with the affected parties for all non-operational stadium occupants to move their operations from the premises since November last year.

“The City would like to thank those occupants, both internal and external, who understood the importance of what is required and have already moved off-site to new accommodation.

“Contrary to what has been perpetuated in the media by some of the occupants, the City has documented its engagement sessions with each one,” says Le Keur.

Most of the occupants are commercial businesses and only a few are NGOs.

“While the City regrets the inconvenience to the commercial users, the Cape Music Institute and SAFA Cape Town, our priority is to ensure that the venue is compliant and safe. This is not negotiable,” says Le Keur.

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