Tshwane ready to host Confeds Cup at Loftus
Pretoria - The Tshwane Community Safety Department on Monday confirmed that it is ready to host the Confederations Cup matches at Loftus.
On Saturday, the city hosted the Super 14 final at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium and expressed satisfaction with the security and community safety operations, adding it was prepared for the Confederations Cup to be held in two weeks time.
The Vodacom Bulls won the Vodacom Super 14 trophy after they outclassed the Chiefs 61-17 in an extremely one-sided, but highly entertaining final.
"The department is quite confident that the Confederations Cup will be executed in a safe and secure environment," said City's Community Safety department spokesperson Console Tleane said.
The department said it was quite prepared and they have tested all their systems during the rugby and soccer matches, using them as their dress rehearsal.
During the Supper 14 match on Saturday, the city deployed members of the Peace Development Programme (PDP) to patrol the inside of the park-and-ride.
PDPs are young people who have basic training in road traffic control and crime prevention by way of identifying possible threats and alerting the Metro Police.
To ensure order, a number of streets were closed for the match. The road closures commenced at 8am on Saturday and were reopened after the match.
Because of the park-and-ride arrangements fans were advised to arrive on time so that they are able to enter the stadium before the match commences.
Arrangements were made for players' busses to be escorted to and from the stadium.
They were complemented by the Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services personnel.
In addition to executing traffic control duties the metro police also undertook crime prevention activities. - BuaNews