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Spectators NOW allowed back at school sports, arts, and culture events

According to the recently published amendments by the Department of Basic Education, the following school activities may resume with spectators.


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Spectators at school sports, arts, and culture have been given the go-ahead after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently gazetted amended regulations.


According to the recently published amendments, the following activities may resume with spectators: 

  • Contact sport, non-contact sport including training, intra-school and inter-school matches, and all arts and culture intra-school and inter-school activities. 
  • Co-curricular and enrichment programmes, such as oral history, spelling bee, moot court, speech contests, debates, and school clubs, may resume activities including competitive inter-school events and engagements and 
  • Choir practices or rehearsals and choir competitions. 

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It was clear that the following health and safety measures must be adhered to when resuming events or activities contemplated in this direction: 

  • Face masks must be worn by all persons entering the venues where the activities take place, change rooms, or training areas, except when participating in training or matches accompanied by vigorous exercise.
  • There must be sufficient quantities of hand sanitisers with at least 70% alcohol available for use by all officials, coaches, assistants, learners and participants. 
  • There must be facilities for washing of hands with soaps and water
  • All windows and doors must remain open to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Subject to requirements of any contact activity, social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • The sharing of drinks and drink containers is not allowed.
  • A Covid-19 compliance office must be appointed for each venue. 
  • Each of the entry points at the venue must be controlled to ensure that the stipulations with regards to gatherings as contemplated in sub-direction (2)(i) to (n) and (q) are complied with.

According to the amendments, the principal of a school or an organiser of a venue, hosting an event or activity contemplated in this direction, who fails to comply, is liable to a fine or imprisonment. 

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