Stadium Management South Africa believes it is well-prepared to deal with the threat of Covid-19, ahead of any future events.
SMSA is responsible for the management and operations of FNB Stadium, Orlando Stadium, and Dobsonville, Rand Stadium on behalf of the City of Johannesburg.
It had been due to host the second and third Tests between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions at FNB Stadium, before SA Rugby and Lions management made the decision to play those matches in Cape Town, due to the risk of Covid-19 spreading.
After lengthy investigations into best approaches to facilitate safety and public health interventions in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, SMSA has teamed up with ECA Technologies, a South African company that has been providing hygiene and microbial control solutions to the industry for over 10 years. ECA specialises in bio-secure treatment protocols that mimic nature’s way of dealing with bacterial and viral threats.
Since the start of the pandemic, ECA Technologies has expanded its portfolio of technologies and chemistry to safeguard against pathogens of Covid-19.
Picking up on the scientific evidence late last year that the world was not paying enough attention to the airborne threat of Covid, (more recently confirmed by the CDC and WHO), ECA Technologies founded AAD (Active Air Disinfection) and introduced PHI (Photohydroionisation), which is simple-to-implement technology that integrates into existing air-conditioning or ventilation systems and effectively provides an immune system to buildings.
The technology is designed and manufactured by US-based RGF Environmental Group and distributed throughout Africa by ECA Technologies. The air purification technology uses no chemicals or harmful substances and works by producing and maintaining similar concentrations of hydroperoxide molecules that occur in nature, but are lacking in indoor air.
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When coming into contact with microbials such as the virus, the molecules disable the pathogen and then revert back to water vapour and oxygen. The technology produces one quadrillion of these molecules every second, seeking and destroying the contaminants in every inch of the conditioned space.
“We couldn’t have found a better partner to launch the PHI active air disinfection program with,” says Mark Williams, Managing Director of ECA Technologies. “I remember being at this (FNB) stadium as a young man for the Bafana Bafana African Cup of Nations triumph and to be the team that now ensures parts of this iconic venue are safe for reopening is a notable achievement in our company’s track record for innovation and the fight against infection.”
“Once it became apparent to us that this pandemic was not just about hand and surface hygiene, we knew we had to step up beyond just the basic mandated guidelines,” says Bertie Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management South Africa. “We wanted to go above and beyond in the fight against Covid and protecting our building occupants. We compared the ECA Technologies Active Air Disinfection solution PHI to what was available in the market place and we knew it was a no-brainer. FNB Stadium is and will continue to be an industry-leading facility, now with world-class indoor air safety and truly active infection defence. The long-term objective is to provide an additional layer of protection in the utilization of the venue to our long-standing stadia partners and event organizers at the venues we manage. The ECA Technologies Active Air Disinfection will be rolled out in time for the 2021-2022 Premier Soccer League Season. We are looking at expanding this technology to the other venues we manage in the near future.”