Tight se­cu­rity should keep derby safe

CityPress - - Sport -

Sta­dium Man­age­ment SA (SMSA) has as­sured sup­port­ers that se­cu­rity will be tight at the Soweto derby, but is­sued a warn­ing to fans to be­have them­selves.

SMSA com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Sisa Ma­jola said: “We pride our­selves in hav­ing world­class safety and se­cu­rity mea­sures at our venues at all times. In fact, our prepa­ra­tions be­gan in De­cem­ber. We are work­ing on plans that have been in place be­tween us, the league and the clubs.

“Through the clubs, the po­lice and our se­cu­rity providers, we will look to en­sure top ser­vices be­hind the scenes and let fans en­joy the en­ter­tain­ment around the precinct and the match it­self.”

Ma­jola said there would be more than 1 800 se­cu­rity per­son­nel to com­ple­ment a sub­stan­tial po­lice pres­ence.

“In fact, that is more than the re­quired amount in terms of the Safety at Sports and Recre­ational Events Act of 2010,” Ma­jola said.

“We also al­ways ac­quire the best in the field, in­clud­ing our risk ad­viser, Pa­trick Ro­nan, who wrote the act and who has been part of more than 30 Soweto derby plans since we be­gan man­ag­ing FNB Sta­dium in 2009.”

SMSA con­firmed that tick­ets were still avail­able, start­ing from R70 through Com­puticket and Sho­prite/Check­ers outlets.

He said the past two en­coun­ters at the sta­dium – the coun­try’s big­gest venue that SMSA lim­its to 87 436 spec­ta­tors – were sold-out af­fairs. The gates open at 11.30am. Ma­jola en­cour­aged fans to utilise pub­lic trans­porta­tion made avail­able to them and to ar­rive early.

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