With South Africa being host to a number of high profile and increasingly popular sporting, recreational and entertainment events, the intention behind this Act, which came into force on 3 August 2010, is most welcome. The Act expressly recognises that “the physical well-being and safety of all persons attending sports, recreational, … exhibitional … or similar events … must be promoted and protected”, and in addition, their rights must be protected.
Some legislation may be considered as unnecessarily over-regulating society, but safety at events should take first place in the minds of those involved in the planning, promotion and presentation of an event. Little could be more important than the most basic right to be able to attend an event safe in the knowledge that there will be compliance with the law in place to regulate it.
The Act applies, with certain exceptions, to “… an event organiser …” defined as being “any person who plans, is in charge of, manages, supervises or holds an event or sponsorship rights to an event or in any manner controls or has a material interest in the hosting of an event as contemplated in