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Cape Town limits fireworks sites

2011-12-29 18:00

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has made available eight sites where fireworks may be used on New Year's Eve, officials said on Thursday.

Shop-bought fireworks can be used between 21:00 and midnight at the sites where public safety authorities will be present, said Alderman JP Smith, member of the mayoral committee for safety and security.

"It is illegal to discharge fireworks other than at designated sites and law enforcement authorities will have a 'zero tolerance' approach to those who discharge fireworks illegally," said Smith.

The designated sites are:
- Theo Marais Park, Koeberg Road, Milnerton.
- Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis.
- Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis.
- Macassar beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar.
- Swartklip sports complex, corner of Spine and Swartklip Roads, Mitchells Plan.
- Maiden's Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay.
- Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone.
- Sunrise Beach parking area, Sunrise Circle, Muizenberg.

The public should only buy fireworks from authorised dealers and shops displaying the relevant permits from the police.

Children under 16 are not allowed by law to buy or use fireworks without adult supervision and residents are encouraged to keep their pets safely secured.

The City of Cape Town advises the following when using fireworks:
- Only use fireworks bought at accredited shops.
- Do not discharge fireworks indoors.
- Only discharge fireworks at the designated sites.
- Use fireworks out of range of spectators and any other structures or vehicles.
- Do not try to re-ignite a 'dud'.
- Only light one at a time.
- Do not make your own fireworks.
- Only use fireworks as directed by the instructions printed on the package.
- Do not light fireworks inside any type of container.
- Never use fireworks if you have been consuming alcohol.

Comments
  • John - 2011-12-29 18:20

    Not that I enjoy the fireworks, but if I look at the list, once again the Strand/Somerset West/Gordons Bay (Helderberg) area is ignored/forgotten by the City. We are taxed by the city, but are like the forgotten cousins of the greater City area.

      Juan - 2011-12-29 18:43

      You probably fall under a different counsel. Those are Cape City Counsel areas.

      nwayne54 - 2011-12-29 19:44

      The Helderberg area falls under the city and would appreciate a place to let off fire works!

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-29 19:09

    Cape Town is showing the rest of SA what an efficient, properly run, well regulated city looks like.

      billy.banter.961 - 2012-12-31 19:41

      As Leonardb1 says, let's see the manpower to control the fireworks. He’s right. I think they're all busy catching people who talk on cell phones while driving, skipping red lights and stop streets, and ticketing cars with no front and / or rear number plates. Ho ho ho. I don't know how someone can get away with being quoted in the Cape Times on 29 December "designated area fireworks stop at midnight" and today, 31 December the same person says fireworks can carry on after midnight because whoever said they can't, didn't have the authority to ban fireworks after midnight on 31st. A well run city indeed. Perhaps the City of Cape Town should read its own media releases.

  • jaco.slabbert - 2011-12-29 20:12

    "So here's a thought... let's all get wasted and the *drive* to go blow up some fireworks." - some drunk dude on New Years. They ignored pretty much 75% of the greater city area... A for intention, F for execution.

  • Claire Knoechl - 2011-12-29 22:10

    Why can't Durban do the same? Better still just ban the things all together!

  • Janice - 2011-12-30 12:15

    GOOD! GO CAPE TOWN...

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