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.


  • Hallo - 2012-02-16 09:39

    Move to the new stadium already!

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 10:37

      Nee man, die gees is by Nuweland (Ek kon dit nie voel in Groenpunt nie) Besides elke game wat ek daar gekyk het teen die Bulle was 'n wen vir WP jou lekker ding!

      Hallo - 2012-02-16 10:40

      What a crock of s**t Dirk.

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 10:54

      Hallo... Hallo, Hoe gaan dit met jou vandag op hierdie lieflike more?

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 11:52

      @dirk- '..Besides elke game wat ek daar gekyk het teen die Bulle was 'n wen vir WP." matie, dit klink my jy gaan KYK ni baie rugby (daar) ni. sokker liefhebber??nebal?..groete wp- DIE BULLE GAAN JULLE ROER!!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 12:04

      Lol Hoo, thumbs up!! Miskien moet ek en jy saam gaan om die Bulls-Stormers game te gaan kyk. Die odds sal dan even wees :-) Ps. Vroue Netbal is hot! Kan nie dieselfde se vir sokker nie, dit is 'n bietjie... jy weet, skeef.

      steyts - 2012-02-16 12:48

      @hallo - WPRU owns Newlands, so moving to the Cape Town stadium makes no sense as they would lose a lot of money from them having to rent it, add much less private boxes. CT stadium takes about 55 000 people, which is only 3 100 people more. Newlands has a biggest history of all major stadiums in SA and not one single WP rugby player wants to move away from it. It was rated as one of the best stadiums in terms of "gees" or atmosphere in SA Sports Illustrated. International rugby teams (except for NZ unfortunately because of their very unfortunate large amounts of local fans) finds the crowd extremely intimidating. So why do you want to move??? I hope my English is good enough to understand!!

  • Lionel - 2012-02-16 09:39

    CT stadium,here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 10:38


      steyts - 2012-02-16 12:49

      PLEASE NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sean - 2012-02-16 13:35

      It makes logical sense !

  • Jason - 2012-02-16 09:41

    This is one way of forcing them to move to CPT Stadium!

  • Marius - 2012-02-16 09:42

    Move to the new stadium already!!!!

  • Ndira - 2012-02-16 09:44

    beautiful CT stadium here we come

      Jay - 2012-02-16 16:52

      As toilet bowls go it is quite nice yes

  • Marius - 2012-02-16 09:44

    Interesting. Is rugby being forced to pay for soccer's mistakes. A few simple facts, there has been no major tragedy at a stadium during a rugby game, and Newlands has the highest average spectator attendance figures of any Super 15 venue.

      Jimmy - 2012-02-16 10:08

      That's not entirely true..... Ask any wee-pee supporter and they will tell you of over 11 years of major tragedies (and they all happened during rugby games) !!!

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 11:54

      @Jimmy briliant..

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-02-16 09:46

    Sneaky tactics to force a move to the CT white elephant stadium!

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 10:21

      Sneaky tactics indeed!

  • guyt1 - 2012-02-16 09:47

    Strong arm blackmail tactics

      Kwagga - 2012-02-16 14:43

      Agreed !!!

  • Jan - 2012-02-16 09:53

    I do not think that CT Stadium even conform to the proposed regulations. Just imagine how many soccer stadiums will not qualify.

      Marius - 2012-02-16 11:08

      @Jan. They all do. these rules were part of Fifa's specifications for all the stadiums that were used in the World Cup. On a more practical note. How long will it take to evacuate a full Newlands stadium with 48 000 spectators in the case of an emergency. I know that the PE stadium filled to capacity with 50 000 spectators can be evacuated in less than 10 minutes and I am sure that the design of the CT stadium allows for the same thing.

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 11:58

      @marius- was jy al by 'n bulle vs wp op nuweland?? weepee suporters evauate daai stadion binne 5! net na half-tyd.

  • Nic - 2012-02-16 09:55

    You mean to tell me the WPRU never even considered these things? Its pretty standard everywhere else. Like Rassie said, bunch of amateurs.

  • didi.basson - 2012-02-16 09:57

    Ja dit is te danke aan Mnr Titus en Kie met hulle selfsugtige houding verlede jaar na die Saracens, Kaapstad Stadion debakel met City of Cape Town.

  • Will - 2012-02-16 09:57

    There should be new safety rules for loftus. It wasn't designed to cope with all those fat bulls supporters and therefore it may collapse. Also with the boring rugby being played there, it definitely needs a shake up!

      Mielie - 2012-02-16 10:09

      New safety measures were brought in for Loftus to strengthen the cupboards to be able to support all the trophies they have won, unlike Newlands where they use balsa wood in their empty rodent infested trophy cupboard.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-02-16 10:10

      What a common and totally expected comment from someone with a fake facebook pic and only 3 friends to boot. You are lower than garbage!

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-16 11:59

      Mielie, please name a single trophy in the Loftus cupboard? Did you know that the Currie Cup is at Newlands, permanently? SARU was afraid that the Lions would sell it for scrap to cover their bankruptcy.

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 12:07

      @willy willy- jyt seker soos 'n kussing gevoel & collapse, toe daai GROOT bul ondersteuners in Loftus op jou gaan sit- shame moenie di volgende game weeer mis ni..

      Paul - 2012-02-16 12:24

      Loftus is fine as long as they don't show the supporters on TV.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-16 12:51

      @BlueRaven - maybe, but the fact of the matter is that that cup is now obsolete and has been replaced by another, so SANZAR didn't want it back, it was abandoned. It is kept as a museum piece so that kids born in Tshwane after 2010 can be shown what a cup looks like. At least the Stormers kids can see a cup every time the opposing team hold it up ;-)

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-16 13:58

      No BlueRaven, it's called humour and the ability to laugh at yourself. It's a trait you and your fellow Pink Fairy supporters will desperately need for at least the next decade.

  • DeonHeunis - 2012-02-16 10:06

    At least the Stormers don't play in pink :D WPRU should sell the old stadium and move to the new one! Time for change. Maybe they should read the book Who Moved My Cheese?

      Mielie - 2012-02-16 10:18

      Maybe you should eat your cheese and change your pink underpants

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-16 10:27

      @DeonHeunis The Stormers don't play in pink but they will be beaten by a pink team......!!!! Yes, by a PINK team....!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 10:32

      Daan,you bought your pink jersey

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-16 11:24

      @Lional Nee, ek het wel die nuwe bloue gekoop maar nou soek my vrou en dogter pienkes. Die goet kos R599 een, hulle moet maar so bietjie wag......!!! :-)

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 11:33

      Mooi so Daan,ja nee,solank jy eerste uitgesort is is die saak reg:):)

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 12:22

      @Deon- dis waar, dis hartseer dat bulle nou soms in pienk gan speel-gelukkig is hulle NIE metro-manne NIE.., maaaar hulle is ten minste NIE soos di weepee wat ni kan wag tot di einde vd game ni... dan kan di span gaan saam stort- eina!!

      DeonHeunis - 2012-02-16 13:01

      @Blou-Daan Lyk my jy kan nie baie goed onthou nie ... verlede jaar het ons julle 2 keer gewen! @Hoo Metro-manne huh? Wynand Olivier ... enough said :P

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 14:01

      @Deon- hy hy hy, dis mos nou ni olivier se skuld dat hy 'n gesonde voorkoms het ni hmmm? ons MANNE hier in moooi pretoria, het daai 'probleem' en ek vra nederig onverskoning daarvoor as dit jo offend... moet ook gelukkig se', ons wil ook darem nou nie soos asblikke, gebrande boomstompe of soos weepee spelers lyk ni, ne'.

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-16 10:08

    what a croc of sh@t, why dont u just come out with the truth and say that u wnt the venue to change to cape town stadium?for years newlands has been the cornerstone of sa rugby, what the devil do u wna change it for?

      Mielie - 2012-02-16 10:19

      Why dont you guys just close down Cape rugby? You havent won anything the past decade

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-16 10:21

      That was my 1st thought as well. I think they do not understand that these big unions like WP, BB, Sharks, eg. have a culture where the stadium is part of it.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-16 10:26

    Good move!! Now WP will be forced to play at the new and Better Cape Town Stadium. More parking, better facilities, more seats AND it complies to all safety regulations. Makes logic sense but i guess this post will get the emotional responses.

      Karlheinz von Bentheim - 2012-02-16 10:51

      Totally agree. Was disgusted with the state of the stadium after my visit last year after having experienced Fnb stadium, the nelspruit stadium and Ellis park during the SWC.

      Jan - 2012-02-16 11:13

      Where is the more parking? They will force you to use public transport. No more braais and catching of 'gees' before the game. It will become a nightmare to visit Cape Town if there are events at CT Stadium wekend after weekend.

      Kevin - 2012-02-16 12:19

      @Jan, seriously? If there was more parking at Newlands, as you indirectly state, then why did they not host the SWC at Newlands then. I am a BIG Stormers supporter and also love the braais before the game and trust me, us South Africans will never give up our Braai's, no matter where the games are being hosted. But that is not the issue here.

      Sportmal - 2012-02-16 12:37

      @Jan I've been going to Newlands every season for a very long time now and have thoroughly enjoyed my years there. I will be a sad when it has to go, but we have to accept the fact that it is inevitable that WP move to CT stadium. The issue at hand here is safety regulations. Newlands does not comply to standards and the cost of getting it up to scratch will be too much. As for the braai's you're referring to, grootte schuur has over the years turned into a gathering of drunken over-weight supporters who sits there from 09h00 on a saturday morning till kick-off time while drinking a bottle klippies each. The sound of Kurt Darren, Nicholas Louw and Steve Hofmeyer rings loudly out of the boots of their vehicles while they drunkenly heckle supporters of the opposing side walking by and cry out the rudest remarks to girls passing through (most of them with their wives/girlfriends and kids sitting behind them). This is not a "gees"-building place, it's simply where these people go to get some courage in a bottle. It will be a shame for the schools that benefit financially from it. The times they are a changing my friend, let's move on. Who knows, new house... new fortunes?

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-02-16 10:35

    A article about Newlands has turned into a bashing of the Bulls, how predictable and childish!

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 10:43

      Just like when theres an article on the Stormers,the Bulls bash us,who's childish then????

      Bames - 2012-02-16 11:35

      ...en Lionel probeer net die WP brande doodslaan vir al wat hy werd is. Lionel the lone ranger. Ten minste het jy nog heros Lionel.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-16 12:01

      Stem saam met lionel. Dit is altyd 'n bulls supporter wat eerste op die WP artikels aanmerkings los.. en die een drol probeer skerper as die ander een wees maar hulle bly oor en oor dieselfde goed se. sinapsgestremde kontkopklossiegat bulls supporters

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-16 12:04

      Azurite, your pink shirt is a bit premature. It was expected, the rumour is that you are normally premature.

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 12:06

      Hey Nick Nack en '1000 Facebook friendsman' met die pink hemp. Hier is nog 'n Stormers supporter op die forum. Dit is nie kinderagtigheid nie, net friendly rivalry. Rugby is 'n sport wat almal verenig. Besides my favourite game om te kyk is 'n Bulls - Stormers game! Soms is dit net lekker om 'n bietjie gat te skeur.

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 12:11

      Nic,who's your hero,your right hand???? know its difficult but don't be an idiot all your life!!!!

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 12:29

      @hvanderlinde- moenie kommer ni hansie, jy ou gaba is verseker di skerpste dr&l op di 'n mens so iets kry??

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 12:34

      @ Hoo: LOL

  • Jan - 2012-02-16 10:35

    `n Laaste criteria behoort te wees die betrokke unie moet darem so nou en dan die Currie Beker en/of Super 15 ook wen, voor `n sertifikaat uitgereik word.

  • Johan - 2012-02-16 10:38

    Hierdie is 'n foefie om WP rugby te dwing om na die nuwe stadion in Groenpunt te gaan!

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 12:31


  • gareth.levey - 2012-02-16 10:42

    What is the big fuss about cape town stadium? Newlands is part of WP rugby history and it should remain there. They only doing this for money once again because newlands is privately owned so SOMEBODY wants a piece of the pie, most probably government. There is nothing wrong with newlands, you cant even drink in the stadiums, who has died in there if its not safe? Please newlands has been like this for years... why the sudden change for nothing? Its a soccer stadium so let those fools sort that out, they should have thought about that before building the thing!!!!!

  • Stoney - 2012-02-16 10:47

    Iemand is suurgat omdat WP rugby unie nie belang stel om die nuwe stadion (die wit olifant) te gebruik nie. Nou dink hulle op die manier sal dit afgedwing kan word.

  • Karlheinz von Bentheim - 2012-02-16 10:48

    Totally agree. Newlands is antiquated and dangerous by modern standards. Like the dinosaurs that run WP Rugby it should be turned into a museum or demolished

  • Karlheinz von Bentheim - 2012-02-16 10:54

    Totally agree. Newlands is antiquated and dangerous by modern standards. Like the dinosaurs that run WP Rugby it should be turned into a museum or demolished

  • Peter - 2012-02-16 10:54

    Cape Town we come!!!!

  • Andre - 2012-02-16 11:39

    not to even speak of the actual field where in wintertime,the drainage og water is not good enough and the rugby players have to play on a field that is not up to scratch with grass so long it looks like a mealiefield-wow.Newlands is not good enough to host an international gamw

  • steve.haag1 - 2012-02-16 11:46


  • Jaco - 2012-02-16 11:50

    Dit is nou net om die wit olifant wat sedert 2010 op Groenpunt staan vol te maak...

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-02-16 11:57

    Why is this saying new safety rules for Newlands? These are regulations signed into law last year already and all National Stadiums have to conform? JJ, is that you?

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 12:17

      Ek stem Hannes,JJ trying once again to get an reaction from Stormers supporters,what an idiot. You ever been to Newlands Hannes????Ive been going all my life and not once have had any security or safety problem!!!!!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-17 12:23

      No I haven't, but I would like to someday. By the looks of things it's going to have to be in the very near future

  • kevin.dry1 - 2012-02-16 11:59

    I see we have to give notice of these sports events and I herebu inform all authorities on behalf of the Sharks that we will be hosting the Super 15 Final. Aplogies for the late notice as for a time last month we thought John Smith was not going to retire.

  • ross.paitaki - 2012-02-16 12:02

    the city of CT is trying it hardest to get the big white elephant to be used!

  • Marcel - 2012-02-16 12:02

    Hahahah - julle klomp rooinekke moet bietjie hierdie kommentaar lees. Vir die eerste keer was dit vir my lekker om die verskeie Noord / Suid bekgevegte te lees. NĂªrens was politiek en ras ingebring nie, net suiwer rugby bitching soos die goeie ou dae....en ou Blou-Daan, jy moet daai gedeelte van jou brein wat nog werk liewer maar gaan aanwend om motors op te pas in parkeer areas, of so iets!

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 12:38

      @Marcel- as ons so kyk na jou fotokie... dit is by nuweland, ne'?? seker na 'n BULLS vs stormer game?? moenie worry, weepee supporters doen daai "ding" na elke BB vs wp game.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-16 12:07

    Ek dink die WP ondersteuners is baie gevaarliker as Nuweland... Hulle gaan my nou seker Booo oor hierdie comment...

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 12:20

      Casper booo, ons skree ''WP! Jou lekker ding!!''

  • steyts - 2012-02-16 12:56

    Being the government which these days you have to be able to prove that you are a lieing, thieving and very corrupt piece of ^&*(&%, it makes sense that they overlook the obvious financial disadvantages for the WPRU who owns Newlands. In other words, they don't pay rent and all the ticket money goes straight into their pockets. But no, they want to force them away from one of the most beautiful stadiums with one of THE best atmospheres or "gees" in the world, just so that they can receive some more rent to go straight into their pockets to buy some more exotic cars and massive houses... What a bunch of retarded morons!!! Cape Town stradium only takes 3 100 more people so it makes absolutely no sense for all the problems it will create just to move to another stadium...

  • Marius - 2012-02-16 13:52

    Very misleading headline. It basically implies that these new rules are applicable to Newlands only, not all stadiums in the country. A more appropriate headline should have read " New safety rules condemns Newlands"

      Hoo - 2012-02-16 14:18

      @marius- dankie marius, baie dankie, vir daai brokkie useless info.. ons bulle het genoeg terrorisme wat ons moet beveg. wil jo net herinner- ons moet ons stad's naam verdedig teen d terroriste; ons moet ons daisy verdedig teen di einste groenies.., ons moet ons bul kenteken&naam beskerm teen.., ons moet ons kleure teen poefter firmas beskerm.. ons moet ons afrigters teen saru se piesangs beskerm,.. ons moet ons spelers teen al di ander 4++ swak unies beskerm,.. ons moet ons as ondersteuners se edelheid & gerespekteertheid teen daai gutter gang doer onder beskerm, so fight your own battles buddy!!

  • bounca363 - 2012-02-16 14:22

    OK maybe I read wrong but Where does Newlands if its Newlands Cape Town feature in this article. The title is screwed up!

  • Jaryd - 2012-02-16 16:01

    Just a financial play to force a move to the other stadium!

  • Ben - 2012-02-16 16:31

    Does the Western Cape rugby unions own Newlands? If so... by playing CT Stadium will cost them a crap load of money. Screw CT stadium. Now the unions have to pay for soccer's mistakes? Stay at Newlands.

  • waheeb.slarmie - 2012-02-16 16:39

    well move to CT stadium, all those reg & rules are in place there already

  • Grant - 2012-02-16 17:07

    A 115 comments! We are sure serious about our rugby! Sadly I've never learnt Afrikaans so I don't know if my opinion has already been posted. Why is Newlands only a safety and secururity risk now after how many years of nobody getting killed or injured? Why was the new stadium built when it was known it would only be used for one month? Newlands was good enough for the rugby world cup in 1995. No complaints about safety or security. I don't know what is percieved to be wrong with Newlands but surely it would have been cheaper to renovate the stadium than build a new one. btw I recall last year reading that the new stadium was going to be pulled down and a shopping mall was going to be built.

  • Piston - 2012-02-16 19:27

    Must be because all the new soccer stadiums meet the criteria?

  • Jacobus - 2012-02-16 21:30

    da wa so baie mense, almal in pretoria is gay

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