"Newlands Stadium can be evacuated within 15 minutes"

The Springboks game against the All Blacks in Cape Town was dependent on the City issuing a safety certificate last week. This was duly done and the game is going ahead.

But listeners contacted John Maytham complaining that no changes have been made to the grounds and questioning whether the City looked the other way in issuing the necessary certificate.

"I never look the other way for anything", assures Mayco member for Safety JP Smith speaking to Maytham.

Newlands didn't fail any test before. There were new regulations that came out in March in terms of the Major Events Act...and the stadium had to be given a grading for maximum risk events it can handle.

JP Smith, City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member

The stadium only has a medium-risk grading, says Smith, up to a maximum capacity of 47 659 people.

In order to receive the grading, the stadium management had to comply with many issues.

They had to do additional wiring at the stadium, a public alert system for emergencies was installed, fire detection and systems, upgraded CCTV system, additional handrails, disability and toilet access...and be able to evacuate within 15 minutes.

JP Smith, City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member

John Maytham says many would question Newlands being evacuated within 15 minutes. Listeners had expressed particular concern with the few and narrow entrances in and out of the stadium.

Smith insists experts have made the assessment and found it within these limits.

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