The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have send the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) to inspect the national stadium of all the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) membership. The purpose of this exercise is to advice the COSAFA membership on general safety management. “The main purpose of this initiative is to give advice on the safety management in the stadium”; said Peter Weymes.
According to the safety expert; the safety issue starts from the point all the stakeholders leave home until they come back. He also highlighted that safety touches many aspects in the implementation of an event. Waynes made an example of ticketing which he stated that it is also important in as far as safety is concerned. “Ticketing is one of the important issues as the is a need to understand that it is pointless to arrive at the stadium without a ticket”; Weymes said. He also emphasised that it must be ensured that the only fans to enter the stadium must be those with tickets and they must be as per the stadium capacity.
Another important safety issue is the approach towards safety during an event. “How we approach to safety is key thus it is communication is very important”; Peter Weymes said. It is for this matter that contingency plans must be in place when it come to stadium safety. The next stop for this initiative is Zambia. Other countries that have been visited are Mozambique, Angola and Malawi just to mention some of them.