Air defence in place for Cup
Johannesburg – An air defence strategy has been prepared for soccer venues to ensure safety and security, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) said on Friday.
The plan, which was implemented at 10:00 on Thursday, would secure all operational environments on land, sea and air.
"The movement of aircraft within the temporary restricted airspace is now under the control of the South African Air Force (SAAF)," Brigadier Sally de Beer said in a statement.
She said all South African aircrew, with the exception of scheduled or state flights, would have to apply to the SAAF for security screening at least 48 hours before their first flight commenced.
Foreign pilots and aircrew must apply at least seven days prior to the first flight.
"All flights, with the exception of scheduled flights, intending to enter or operate within the temporary restricted airspace must also apply to the SAAF for authorisation of the flight 24 hours before takeoff."
Airspace restrictions will be active at specific times.
The measures were instituted to ensure that security force pilots and aircrew operating within the restricted airspace could do so safely, and that no aircraft would jeopardise the security of those on the ground.