More sites for fireworks

2016-10-25 10:01

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To minimise the temptation to fire off fireworks from unsupervised areas the City of Cape Town has increased the number of sites where fireworks are allowed to 12.

The City has approved the sites for fireworks during Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve this year.

The list was finalised after consultation between emergency services, law enforcement and the various subcouncils.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, says a number of extra sites were proposed by ward councillors, but these did not meet the safety criteria and therefore had to be rejected.

After consultation with the subcouncils the sites which have been approved for fireworks include Swartklip sports complex in Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Maiden’s Cove parking area in Camps Bay, Strandfontein Pavilion, Sarepta sports complex, Blue Downs sports field, Macassar Beach parking area, the tourism centre on the Table View beachfront (Killarney racetrack is being considered as an alternative site for New Year’s Eve), Wesfleur sports field in Atlantis, Bishop Lavis sports field, Metropolitan sports grounds in Bonteheuwel and Delft Central sports grounds.

Smith says all designated fireworks areas will be patrolled by City Law Enforcement and Metro Police as well as a fire inspector.

No-one under the age of 16 is permitted to discharge fireworks and 23:00 is the cut-off time on both Guy Fawkes and Diwali, with New Year’s Eve being the exception.

“I hope that residents can appreciate the massive logistical exercise we deal with every year, as well as the costs associated with deploying staff to all of these areas. We could look at designating more sites, but we simply do not have the budget or the resources,” he says.

Smith appeals to the public to use fireworks responsibly to prevent injuries, and to take into account the effect fireworks have on those residents who do not partake in these activities.

“We have confiscated fireworks in previous years and issued fines for the illegal discharge of fireworks and we will do so again this year if need be,” he says.

V Information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks can be reported to the Metro Police call centre on 0860 765 423 or the police on 10111. General emergencies can be directed via the City’s public emergency call centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

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