Concern over new stadium regulations is misplaced

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers on 17 Feb 2012 at 08:10
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While all others were running around like headless chickens yesterday, preaching the usual doom and gloom and declaring (once again) the impending death of “old school” stadia like Kings Park and Newlands, Rugby365 editor Jan de Koning put on his responsible journalist hat and chatted to the man responsible for the government legislation responsible for the concern.

While I’m not going to repeat everything that was said in his detailed article on the subject, I can summarise quite succinctly in a few words. In short, this is a storm in a tea cup. Nobody is trying to shut down Kings Park (or Newlands for that matter) using these new regulations as a sledgehammer with which to do so.

In fact, the regulations aren’t even official policy yet. They are a bunch of drafted ideas that have been circulated for comment and are some years away from actually being implemented, which may not happen at all in their current form. According to the author of the regulations, Patrick Ronan, even once written into law, there will be a phasing-in period which would allow existing stadia between three and five years to comply, in most cases, depending on the perceived risk of the event. It’s very unlikely that a rugby test would ever be rated as higher than medium risk, while (sad to say) the typically low attendance at Currie Cup games would hardly see them feature on the risk radar at all.

In short, this is not about “trying to drive anyone out of business”, as has been widely suggested; it’s about making plans to adopt proven international safety standards modelled on those that have been in place in other countries, such as Britain, for 20 years or more.

Well done, Jan; let’s hope we can shelve the “stadium” debate for at least another few months!


  • I must have been asleep when this storm hit, its the first I am reading about this..

    Thank you for putting all of us at ease Rob!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.02.12 08:15:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thanks for the clarity Rob, is Britain imposing them selves again?.. hehe

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.02.12 08:36:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) : ai jinne… sometimes it’s ok to just let go πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.02.12 08:55:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.02.12 09:32:17 by Viking Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : haha πŸ™‚

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.02.12 11:13:50 by Uli Reply
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  • Seeing some of the Stormers fans getting their panties all in a bunch was pretty funny though. (I’m referring to fans on facebook – not this site)

    It’s been a entertaning week on Facebook for me. First the ‘Pink Koeie’ rugby shirts and then the Newlands stadium thing. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.12 11:17:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : ‘entertaining’ 😳

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.02.12 11:23:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Ah this is a crap article and so is the one by jan De koning!.

    it is so much better when the media get to sow sensation and radicalism with their articles. I mean the Bulls are goona lose the daisy, oh no wait the bulls don’t use the daisy anyway.

    Kingspark is going to be demolished tomorrow and we have to go to moses mabhida stadium in future. oh no wait.

    SW and R365 really need to got to real journalism school. They team you to write exciting articles there. Fat, Sorry I mean Tank, Lanning Rob houwing and BB Harmse all went there and look what great journalists they turned out to be.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.02.12 12:38:10 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I’m sometimes happy that a day from the PC is well timed. πŸ™‚ Yesterday was one.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.02.12 12:39:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 8) :

    Well said..

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.02.12 12:40:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Dear nay sayer – doom sower, irrational citizen; SA has enough real challenges without the phantom fear. If you cut News 24 out of your life you could easily be a happy SA citizen. I’m not an optimist, nor pessimist – I’m a realist – the reality is that without the propaganda and sensationalism abound SA is doing okay… Unity can be achieved without a sour face. Don’t like Africa, don’t like politics – then leave… Your bubble is burst and your world is bigger – and you are scared.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.02.12 13:40:53 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Problem is that the UK, US and Aus have such strict safety measures in place because those places are full of litigious arseholes.
    If one person slips on a small puddle, even if they dont hurt themselves, they can and do sue whoever didnt put a ‘Mind the Wet Patch’ sign up.

    Its gotten so bad in Aus, that when I was there recently, the evening news devoted a whole segment to showing people pretending to fall over loose wires or down stairs or on slightly slippery floors.
    Very comical to watch but the shop owners could be in for huge claims if they are found guilty.

    Bunch of nanny states.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.02.12 14:24:56 by John Galt Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 11) : Add Die Beeld and The Citizen to that list; those papers will bend over backwards to ensure that there is at least one story about murder/and or tragic death on the front page, even if it means paying their own journalists to snuff someone…

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.02.12 14:58:42 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I wish we could move to the new stadium without the words “huge losses” and “rate-payers to cough up” coming into the equation.

    Dreamworld I know but how awesome would it be to watch rugga there.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.02.12 15:09:58 by beet Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : @Culling Song (Comment 13) : ok guys – you’re straying over the boundaries of what’s allowed here… let’s all just reign it back in please πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.02.12 16:00:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : @Culling Song (Comment 13) : @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    Nanny site. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.02.12 16:02:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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