City of Cape Town Cancels Inter-School Athletics

The Western Cape school sports fraternity is fuming after the City of Cape Town allegedly canceled an inter-school event that was to take place at the Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone.

The decision has reportedly upset principals and teachers as schools are expected to host their annual inter-school sports events in the next few weeks.

According to reports, Western Province High Schools Athletics chairperson Deon Wertheim said: “We were informed on Friday (24 January) that we can no longer use the stadium because the facility is non-compliant. This is a City facility that has been unkempt and we represent over 800 schools.”

IOL News reported that the City said that in light of the non-compliance with the requirements and time frames, the events permit office will not be issuing a permit. The City added that the fire safety officer has not given any safety clearance. The inter-schools event is a two-day event where eight schools compete. Wertheim allegedly said that they cannot find another venue.

“What’s ironic is that the City then contacted us on Saturday and issued a permit, but we had already informed all the schools.” According to reports, Bellville Athletics Club vice-chairperson Alroy Dixon said: “The City’s just not complying in upgrading and maintaining the facilities and then the stadiums are closed because of security reasons. Later the City will say they can no longer manage and sell the facility to private investors.”

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien reportedly said: “In terms of the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act the venue is still in the process of being fitted to meet the regulations. Initial assessment deemed it unsuitable; however, if the capacity does not exceed 2000 then it is suitable for use.”