New safety rules for Newlands

2012-02-16 09:25
Cape Town - A new set of sport safety regulations could ruin Western Cape rugby unions, according to a report on Thursday.

The SA Rugby Union (SARU) and the City of Cape Town feared the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Regulations would render provincial matches financially unviable, the Cape Times reported.

SARU game operations manager Steven Roos said the cost of implementing prescribed minimum safety and security requirements would be too high.

According to the regulations, signed into law last year, a stadium would only qualify for a safety and grading certificate if it met all criteria.

These included fire safety systems, signage and camera installations. A rugby union also had to provide six month's notice of a game to be held, otherwise a policeman could legally shut down the game. All national stadiums had to conform.

SARU and the city submitted their concerns to the national sport and recreation department.

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