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Big Concerts, FNB Stadium: We won't have a Global Citizens problem at Ed Sheeran

Security at the stadium was criticised last December after some people who attended the Global Citizen Festival were assaulted and robbed.

FILE: British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Big Concerts and FNB Stadium management said on Tuesday security was significantly improved for singer Ed Sheeran’s concert this weekend.

Security at the stadium was criticised last December after some people who attended the Global Citizen Festival were assaulted and robbed.

The police and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) were slammed for poor planning and not responding adequately when concertgoers were attacked.

But the organisers said there would be detailed road closures, more security outside the stadium and better signage and lighting.

FNB Stadium management said there would be improved police visibility before and after the concert.

Big Concerts CEO Justin van Wyk said a meeting would be held with Uber on Tuesday about how the e-hailing service could work better to provide transport to concertgoers.

“We’ve consolidated the e-hailing into a new, more safe, protected and controlled area with additional security and fencing at the transport hub,” said Van Wyk.

He added there was also a partnership with Telkom to improve network connectivity.

“We’ve improved all the signage and put up electronic mobile billboards, dedicated-info kiosks manned by trained stuff with early depots.”

Van Wyk said park-and-ride facilities were also improved.

WATCH: How police allowed Global Citizen Festival crime spree to happen

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)