Celebrate Diwali with caution

2016-10-27 06:00

LOCALS who celebrate Diwali this weekend are urged to act responsibly when discharging fireworks.

According to the Port Shepstone Hindu Cultural Federation Chairman, Sathiender Singh, the body has written a guideline for those who will be celebrating.

It stipulates that Diwali will be celebrated on Saturday, 29 October and Sunday, 30 October and that fireworks should be discharged from 7.30pm until 10.30pm on both days.

“This is not a law or by-law, merely a guideline that has been put in place so that others are taken into consideration,” said Singh.

“The Port Shepstone Hindu Cultural Federation cares about domestic animals, wildlife and neighbours and promotes the safe use of approved fireworks.”

He added that big bags are banned.

Alex Skene of the Umtentweni Conservancy asked those celebrating Diwali to use their discretion and take into account the welfare of animals.

“Everybody has a right to practice his or her religion, but please spare a thought for our animals,” he said.

John Irven of the Southport Crime Sector Forum said members will be patrolling the area to make sure that people follow by-laws.

“Our marked vehicle will circulate the area, but we trust that everyone will follow the rules and keep animals and neighbours in mind,” said Irven.

According to Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s Spokesperson, Simon April, fireworks may only be discharged on 5 November, 1 January and seven days of the Diwali Festival.

“Any other day for public display of fireworks can only be allowed if council’s permission is obtained in writing,” said April.

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