Basic Education suspends all contact sports in schools

Basic Education suspends all contact sports in schools

All contact sport in schools has been suspended with immediate effect. 

Suffolk, UK - April 11, 2010; A rugby ball manufactured by Gilbert rugby, laying on a rugby pitch

"The Council of Education Ministers has taken a decision to suspend all contact sports in schools with immediate effect. The decision was taken in a virtual meeting held this morning," says Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga. 

Mhlanga says the decision doesn't affect non-contact sport. 

"Non-contact sporting activities can still continue provided all the health and safety protocols are in place. Schools are urged to report any cases that they come across in the course of sporting activities or any extramural activities that they undertake."

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Minister Angie Motshekga published new regulations last month for sports-related activities. 

Contact and non-contact sport were allowed to resume without any spectators and subject to compliance with Covid hygiene and safety measures. 

But the department says that during the last week of term 1, coronavirus outbreaks related to school sports activity were reported in Gauteng and have been gradually increasing in term 2. 

It says it's evident that despite following the protocols -- contact sports events still Contribute to the spread of Covid-19.

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