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No fireworks allowed in the Overberg

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Fireworks are banned in the Overberg area.
Fireworks are banned in the Overberg area.

Overstrand Municipality would like to remind residents and visitors that fireworks may not be discharged and are totally prohibited within the municipal jurisdictional area - including your own backyard or on beaches and other public places in terms of the applicable by-laws of the Municipality.

Please be reminded further that shops and street vendors are not permitted to sell fireworks. So please do not support them or buy from them and report this illegal activity to the law enforcement officials or the Police.

The use of Chinese (sky) lanterns and/or flares for any purpose other than an emergency, are also prohibited by law. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) also asks people not to use sky lanterns as they float out to sea and are often reported as emergency flares which in turn cause Sea Rescue hours of fruitless searching.

Let us work together to make these festive season celebrations safe and happy for all.

In case of an emergency please contact Overstrand Fire & Rescue on 028 312 2400.

Overstrand’s 24-hour Emergency Basic Services control room can be contacted on 028 313 8111 for issues relating to municipal infrastructure; 028 313 8000 for general enquiries, 028 313 8980 for safety and security issues and 028 313 8996 for Law Enforcement day-to-day complaints.

Theewaterskloof Municipality also warned residents that fireworks are banned. According to Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, the Head of the Municipal Disaster Management Centre, it is fire season with warm to hot temperature, dry conditions and strong winds that could result in the development of runaway and veld/bush fires, that are prevalent in the municipal area.

"The enforcement officers of the municipality together with the Police will be patrolling neighborhoods and penalties for violating will be significant," he stated. 

To report any illegal possession and discharge of fireworks contact 080 021 4730. 

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