Pursuant to the address of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the declaration of a national State of Disaster, measures have been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa. Gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited and, where small gatherings are unavoidable, organisers are obliged to ensure that stringent measures of prevention and control are enforced, especially those related to social distancing and personal hygiene.
Under the circumstances, the Federal Council, on behalf of KUSA, strongly recommends that Clubs cancel events scheduled up until the end of the Easter Holidays. Although the decision to go ahead with events where fewer than 100 people are expected to attend rests with the individual Clubs, Fedco appeals to Clubs to give careful consideration to all the implications and possible consequences relating to the safety of competitors.
As directed by a Fedco working party, KUSA is compelled to advise as follows with regard to the hosting of KUSA-licensed events:
- All KUSA-licensed events and associated activities where the attendance is expected to exceed one hundred (100) persons, must be cancelled or postponed immediately. The KUSA Office must be notified of all cancellations or postponements.
- Host Clubs going ahead with events where fewer than 100 attendants are expected, do so at their own risk and responsibility. They are obliged to ensure that the prevention measures advocated by the Government and KUSA are implemented and strictly adhered to. Links on COVID-19 information: (NICD website; https://www.gov.za/documents/disaster-management-act-regulations-english-afrikaans-18-mar-2020-0000)
- This status quo will prevail until at least 16 April 2020 (the end of the Easter Holidays), obviously subject to further directives from National Government.
- We urge all Clubs and Councils to exercise restraint in scheduling any event with an anticipated attendance of 100 or more persons between now and the end of May 2020.
The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and officials at KUSA-licensed events is of paramount importance. Given the fluid situation around COVID-19, further preventative measures may be announced and regular updates will be posted on the KUSA website and Facebook page.