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Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, 2010 (Act No. 2 of 2010)

Chapter 2 : Ensuring Responsibility for Safety and Security at Events

14. Inspectors and powers of entry and inspection


(1) A person appointed in writing as an inspector by a local authority may enter a stadium, venue or other business premises of a controlling body, the event organiser or a stadium or venue owner at any reasonable time during the day to conduct an inspection and make such inquiries as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this Act.


(2) An inspector may be accompanied during an inspection by a police official and any other person reasonably required to assist in conducting the inspection.


(3) The inspector or police official may—
(a) require a person who appears to be in charge of the stadium, venue or premises to produce a safety certificate, record, book or other document, including documentation in electronic format relating to compliance with this Act;
(b) examine any document referred to in paragraph (a) and where necessary make a copy of any such document; and
(c) direct any person who appears to be in control of such premises to take steps within a reasonable period to ensure compliance with the Act.


(4) When appointing an inspector under subsection (1), a local authority must ensure that—
(a) a person appointed has sufficient qualifications and experience in the field of safety and security;
(b) at least one of the appointed persons is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is registered as an advanced life support paramedic;
(c) a person appointed has not at any time been convicted of a criminal offence involving dishonesty or violence; and
(d) a person appointed is independent of, and has no direct or indirect financial or other material interest in—
(i) a controlling body;
(ii) the event organiser;
(iii) a stadium or venue owner; and
(iv) any other person who is directly or indirectly linked to the persons referred to in subparagraphs (i) to (iii).


(5) The local authority must issue an inspector appointed in terms of subsection (1) with a certificate of appointment which the inspector must produce if so requested during an inspection.


(6) A person present at an inspection must cooperate with and furnish such assistance as the inspector or police official may require in the exercise of his or her powers under this Act.