10 March 2014

SMSA has received a number of complaints regarding traffic congestion and late arrival of spectators who attended the Bafana Bafana vs Brazil match this past Wednesday evening. In order to afford the public an in-sight and better understanding as to what caused these unfortunate challenges, we have set out below the primary factors which contributed to the traffic snarl–up at the match:

  1. The scheduling of a 19h00 kick-off in the middle of a working week where most spectators only left work at 17h00, many in their private vehicles, to travel to the stadium.
  2. The rainy weather and wet roads coupled with numerous traffic lights out of order and damaged roads across the City materially delayed travel times to the FNB Stadium;
  3. Despite repeated formal requests by SMSA at the SAPS chaired event safety and security planning committee (ESSPC) for the event that advertisements be placed in the print media containing key messaging to the general public:
    – early kick-off-come early;
    – use the special public transport arrangements for the event;
    – details of the arranged public transport;
    – very limited pre-paid public parking; and
    – avoid the NASREC precinct if you are not a ticket holder etc) – no such adverts (which have proved extremely successful at recent Concert events at the Stadium) were placed to inform and advise the public accordingly.
  4. The resultant extremely low take up of the various specially arranged public transport mediums to the event. In summary, there was, disappointingly, only a 28.8% take-up of available public transport at the match. Match attendance at it’s peak was 51 000. This translates into approximately 34 600 spectators travelling in private vehicles (estimated at just over 12 000 based on observations) – without a pre-paid parking ticket – who parked all over the precinct and which explains, in part, the traffic snarl-up.
  5. Internal deployment and service delivery challenges of the JMPD which impacted materially on traffic management arrangements within the NASREC precinct both –pre-and post-match.
  6. On-going cable theft on the eve of the event within the NASREC precinct which resulted in key traffic lights/robots and street lights in the precinct around the Stadium being faulty – which further exacerbated the traffic snarl up.

Notwithstanding that the factors above are not within the direct control of SMSA, we wish to assure you that we are committed to our on-going efforts to engage with key major event stakeholders such as event organizers, the City of Johannesburg, the SAPS chaired ESSPC’s and mass transit operators in order to improve event day traffic management arrangements for events hosted at FNB Stadium.

In this regard SMSA trusts that it will be able to rely on the full co-operation of it’s most important stakeholder, the general public, in connection with the implementation of future initiatives to improve event day traffic and transportation arrangements at FNB Stadium.

Thank you for your time in considering this communiqué.