Pretoria gears up to host Currie Cup final

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pretoria - Pretoria is gearing up to host the Currie Cup final between the Blue Bulls and the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.

To ensure the safety of all rugby fans and smooth flowing of traffic, the city's Community Safety Department will deploy 50 members of the Tshwane Metro Police to the area from 7am, while the rest will be deployed from 10.15am.

Operations will involve road closures and patrols. In addition, there will be by-law operations so that such violations as selling of counterfeit goods are stopped.

The Tshwane Metro Police will ensure that all aspects of road traffic control and safety are enforced to the maximum, to ensure there is no disruption to the traffic flow in the area of the city.

In addition, officers will ensure that the safety of the fans is a priority.

The Fire Brigade Services will be on stand-by at their stations and ready to respond in the unlikely event of a disaster.

Equally, the Disaster Management Centre will also be ready to execute evacuation and disaster management operations should such occur.

"We are, however, confident that this will not be necessary as all details about the match have been discussed extensively in discussions with the Blue Bulls and the South African Police Service (SAPS)," said Community Safety Department spokesperson Console Tleane.

"The operations will also include post-match celebrations, in anticipation of a Blue Bulls victory it is expected that the Hatfield area will turn into a hive of celebrations," said Tleane.

He urged all fans to ensure that they carry out their celebrations in a responsible manner.

Road closures would be from 7am at Kirkness Street between Park Street and Lynnwood Road, Park Street extension between Farenden Street and Kirkness Street, Bond Street between Farenden Street and Kirkness Street Island.

All roads will remain closed until pedestrian traffic is settled in Kirkness Street after the match.

The roads closed from 7am will stay closed until the Cheetah team bus departs.

Another big sporting event would be a soccer match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at the Orlando stadium in Soweto on the same day.

According to the organizers, tickets for the Soweto derby are sold out and fans are warned to be on the lookout for fake tickets that would be sold at the stadium.