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Disaster Management Act, 2002
Department of Sports, Art and Culture: Directions to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19
Government Notice 461 of 2020
- Published in Government Gazette no. 43226 on 9 April 2020
- Assented to on 8 April 2020
- Commenced on 9 April 2020
- [Up to date as at 7 October 2020]
1. DefinitionsIn these Directions, a word or expression bears the meaning assigned to it in the Regulations promulgated in Government Gazette No. 43107, Government Notice No.R318 of 18 March 2020 and in the Regulations promulgated in Government Gazette No. 43148, Government Notice No.398 of 25 March 2020, in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and unless the context otherwise indicates—"affected public entity" means a public entity under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture whose Council’s or Board’s term of office has expired or is about to expire;"national state of disaster" means the national state of disaster declared by Government Notice No. R. 313 published in Government Gazette No. 40396 of 15 March 2020;“official” means sporting venue manager, sporting venue employee, match official journalist, television crew, radio commentator and security personnel;[definition of "official" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“professional athlete” means an athlete who earns a living by competing in a sport, or receive payment for performance at international championships or related events including preparation for Olympic, a member of a training squad for a relevant sporting body;[definition of "professional athlete" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“professional non-contact sport” means a sport whereby athletes or players are physically separated and under normal circumstances would not come into contact with one another during the course of an event or game;[definition of "professional non-contact sport" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“sports body” means any national federation, agency, club or body, including a trust, professional league, or registered company of such a national federation, agency, club or body, involved in the administration of sport or recreation at local, provincial or national level;[definition of "sports body" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“sporting venue” means a stadium, venue, sports ground, field, swimming pool and venue either enclosed or semi enclosed where matches or training may take place;[definition of "sports venue" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“support staff” “means a technical official, coach, assistant coach, kit manager, physiotherapist, medical officer, driver, and physical trainer;[definition of "support staff" inserted by section 2(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]“the Regulations” means the Regulations published in Government Gazette No. 43258, Government Notice No. R480 of 29 April 2020 and in Government Gazette No. 43364, Government Notice No. R608 of 28 May 2020.[definition of "the Regulations" substituted by section 2(b) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]
2. PurposeThe purpose of these Directions is to—(a)prescribe temporary measures or steps currently necessary to manage COVID-19 in order to reduce its impact in the Republic, by preventing the importation of, and minimising the local transmission of, COVID-19; and(b)provide directions to officials of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Councils and Boards of the affected public entities and to the extent possible, disseminate information to all affected persons, on applicable measures as set out in these Directions.(c)extend the term of office of Boards and Councils of affected public entities; and(d)suspend sport, arts and cultural events in order to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19, provided that professional non-contact sport as defined in these Directions is allowed from date of publication of these Directions;[subparagraph (d) substituted by section 3(a) of Government Notice 669 of 2020](e)allow professional non-contact sports matches to take place in a stadium without spectators.[subparagraph (e) added by section 3(b) of Government Notice 669 of 2020]
3. Scope and applicationThese Directions apply to all affected public entities under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture including, sports confederations, sports federation, clubs, professional leagues, sport bodies, and events relating thereto.[paragraph 3 substituted by section 4 of Government Notice 669 of 2020]
4. AuthorisationThese Directions are issued in terms of regulation 10(8) of the Regulations.
5. Extension of term of office of councils and boards of public entitiesThe term of office of a Council or a Board of an affected public entity may, subject to legislation establishing such a Council or Board or regulating the appointment of members of such a Council or Board, be extended from its date of expiry until the termination of the national state of disaster, if it is impossible or impractical to reconstitute the Council or Board as a result of the lockdown necessitated by COVID-19.
6. Suspension of sporting, arts, cultural and religious eventsAll sporting, arts, cultural and religious events organised or held in a stadium or venue as defined in section 1 of the Safety at Sport and Recreational Events Act, 2010 (Act No. 2 of 2010) are prohibited except-(a)religious gatherings at a place of worship whereby not more than 50 people are in attendance; and(b)professional non-contact sporting events for the purpose of preparation for major multi-coded sport events, international championships, national championships, local leagues at club, provincial and national level excluding combat sport.[paragraph 6 substituted by section 5 of Government Notice 669 of 2020]
6A. Resumption of non-contact sport and training
6B. Screening and testing of players and support staff
6C. Disinfection and cleaning of the sporting venue
6D. Control measures
6E. Monitoring and compliance
6F. Appointment of compliance officer
7. CommencementThese Directions come into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette and terminate on the date when the national state of disaster terminates.
- Entire Government Notice
- 1. Definitions
- 2. Purpose
- 3. Scope and application
- 4. Authorisation
- 5. Extension of term of office of councils and boards of public entities
- 6. Suspension of sporting, arts, cultural and religious events
- 6A. Resumption of non-contact sport and training
- 6B. Screening and testing of players and support staff
- 6C. Disinfection and cleaning of the sporting venue
- 6D. Control measures
- 6E. Monitoring and compliance
- 6F. Appointment of compliance officer
- 7. Commencement
History of this Government Notice
7 October 2020Read this version
28 August 2020Read this version
6 August 2020Read this version
6 July 2020Amended by Resumption of Contact and Non-contact Sport and the Opening of Places and Premises for Arts and Culture ActivitiesRead this version
11 June 2020 this version
9 April 2020Published in Government Gazette no. 43226Government Notice commences.Read this version
8 April 2020Assented to by council.
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