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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Agoa Forum kick-off: Avoid these Joburg roads on Thursday

Natjoints comprising of various government departments led by the South African Police have put measures in place for a safe Agoa Forum.

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) said it will ensure a safe summit when the annual Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum starts on Thursday,

Natjoints – comprising of various government departments led by the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the State Security Agency (SSA) – said it has put safety measures in place for the 20th AGOA Forum.

Operational plans

According to police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe, a safety and security operational plan is being enforced with critical role players already on the ground to execute their various responsibilities.

“Police visibility has been heightened in and around the Johannesburg Expo Centre to prevent and combat any form of opportunistic crime, pre- during and post the event.  Only those in possession of accreditation to attend will be allowed near the venue and restricted areas.

“Those found with fraudulent accreditation will face the full might of the law. Lost cards must be immediately reported to the South African Police Service. It is a serious offence to exchange cards amongst colleagues,” Mathe said.

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Mathe also advised Johannesburg residents who are operating businesses within the vicinity of the Johannesburg Expo Centre about road closures for the duration of the event.

Road closures

The affected intersections in the Nasrec precinct as reported by JMPD include:

  • Nasrec Road and Recreation Road
  • Nasrec Road and Randshow Road
  •  Randshow Road and Commerce Street
  • Nasrec Road and Landbou Road
  •  Golden Highway Road and Randshow Road
  •  Ring 1 and Ring 2
  • Golden Highway and Stadium Road
  • Nasrec Road and Stadium Road

“The Natjoints thus assures all dignitaries, attendees and spectators that multidisciplinary and integrated teams are already on the ground and are ready to deliver a safe and secure event,” Mathe said.

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