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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

6. Risk categorisation of events


(1) An event organiser must, at least six months before the start of—
(a) a calendar year for a specific sport, recreational, religious, cultural, organisational or similar activity, or
(b) a season, in the case of a seasonal sport, recreational, religious, cultural, organisational or similar activity,

submit an annual schedule of events to the National Commissioner.


(2) The schedule of events, referred to in subsection (1) or (3), must contain—
(a) the prescribed information; and
(b) sufficient particulars of the planned events,

to enable the National Commissioner to make a categorisation of the safety and security risk associated with each event contained in the schedule.


(3) Where an event—
(a) cannot, by virtue of its unforeseen nature, be planned to fall within the schedule of events referred to in subsection (1); and
(b) is scheduled to take place within the six months contemplated in that subsection or during the calendar year or season,

the event organiser must upon initiating plans for the event forthwith submit the schedule for that event to enable the National Commissioner to make a risk categorisation.


(4) The National Commissioner may require the event organiser to provide additional information or particulars necessary to make a decision regarding the risk categorization of an event.


(5) The National Commissioner must, subject to subsection (6), consider the schedule referred to in subsection (1) or (3) and, if the schedule complies with all of the requirements of this section, make a risk categorisation of each event contained in the schedule.



(a) The National Commissioner may refuse to make a risk categorisation if the schedule, and where applicable, the additional information submitted, do not meet the requirements of subsection (2).
(b) In the case of a refusal, the National Commissioner must give the event organizer notification and reasons in writing for the refusal.


(7) In making a risk categorisation for an event the National Commissioner must take the following factors into account—
(a) the popularity or reputation of any team or person participating in an event;
(b) the expected attendance at an event and, where available, a historic record of attendance at similar events;
(c) the location where the event is to be held;
(d) the suitability of a stadium, venue or route, having regard to its physical structure, spectator facilities, precinct layout, or any other factors that impact on its suitability for hosting an event;
(e) the level of physical, human resource and electronic safety and security infrastructure, as well as the state of readiness of such infrastructure for an event;
(f) the historic record of safety, security and medical incidents at similar events, where available;
(g) any relevant crime statistics and trends;
(h) any threat analysis information regarding an event, where available;
(i) the certified safe capacity of a stadium, venue or route and respective precincts;
(j) the age profile of attendees at an event, where available;
(k) any information regarding the consumption and sale of liquor to spectators at an event and the safety and security impact thereof on previous similar events;
(l) the day of the week on which an event is scheduled to be hosted including factors impacting thereon;
(m) the commencement time and estimated duration of an event including the expected arrival or departure of participants and spectators;
(n) the relevance of the outcome of a competitive event;
(o) the level of intensity of the rivalry between competing sports teams or sports persons participating in an event and any tensions which may exist between the supporters of those sports teams or sports persons;
(p) the positions of the teams on the league or the rankings of the persons participating in an event;
(q) any international, national, local, social, economic, political or security related factors which might have an impact on an event from a safety and security perspective;
(r) the availability of police officials, emergency and essential services to assist at an event,
(s) the weather or other natural conditions which are anticipated to prevail before or on the day of an event;
(t) the nature of pre-event spectator entertainment and marketing promotions of any person contemplated in section 4(1); and
(u) any other factor that the National Commissioner considers appropriate.


(8) In making the risk categorisation of each event, the National Commissioner may, if necessary—
(a) consult any person; and
(b) take into account any other information.


(9) The National Commissioner must categorise each event reflected in the annual schedule of events as being either low-risk, medium-risk or high-risk


(10) Upon making the risk categorisation contemplated in this section, the National Commissioner must give written notification—
(a) to a local authority of the events which are scheduled to be hosted within its jurisdiction and the risk categorisation of such events; and
(b) to the event organiser concerned of the risk categorisation of the events reflected in the schedule of events submitted by such event organiser.


(11) An event organiser dissatisfied with a risk categorisation may provide additional written information to the National Commissioner and request him or her to reconsider such risk categorisation.


(12) After considering the information contemplated in subsection (11), the National Commissioner must where he or she has refused to amend the risk categorisation furnish such event organiser with written reasons for his or her decision.