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Human Rights Cycle Tour event application for support

The Human Rights Cycle Tour is a private event initiative and it is the event organiser’s (EO) responsibility to comply with all the regulations

All events are regulated by national legislation, i.e. the Safety at Sport and Recreation Events Act (SASREA). The Human Rights Cycle Tour is a private event initiative and it is the event organiser’s (EO) responsibility to comply with all the regulations e.g. traffic management plans, security plans, medical plans, etc.

The EO has to ensure that all logistics are in place to ensure the safety of participants and spectators and minimize disruptions to residents and road users. These requirements were clearly stated and explained to the event organisers by the Events Coordinating Committee (ECC).

This was the second year that the EO has attempted to host the event; however, due to concerns raised about logistics and the feasibility of the race route provided by the event organiser, the City was not in a position to issue the event with a permit.

The event application for support for the Human Rights Cycle Tour was discussed by the Special Events Committee (SpevCo), but the committee could not finalise discussions due to the logistical shortcomings. The committee referred the matter back to the event organiser to rectify the concerns raised by City departments with regards to logistics.

The EO was also informed that the proposed event date clashed with an approved event which would have made logistical arrangements more difficult. For all events, the City of Cape Town has the responsibility to ensure the safety of participants, spectators and officials. The City’s event permit office also has to ensure that events don’t have an adverse effect on traffic and the movement of residents in their areas.

The Roads Department, Traffic services and MyCiTi raised concerns with regards to the route plan submitted by the organiser. The event organisers proposed the closure of several roads which would have required the MyCiTi service to cease operation in several areas. This would have significant impact on commuters and traffic in several areas.

Source: City Of Cape Town