No Designated Fireworks Sites In 2019

In probably the best news of the year so far, the City Of Cape Town have decided to FINALLY ban fireworks altogether. Yes, that includes all the locations that were previously fireworks friendly like Maidens Cove and alike!

Fire hazards, pollution and littering aside, animal cruelty is the main reason that I have grown to hate fireworks. Get the full low down from the City Of Cape Town official press release below!

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Statement by Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The City of Cape Town has decided to forego designated sites for fireworks this year.  The discharging of fireworks is not allowed in terms of the Community Fire Safety By-law, but the City has, for a number of years, made an exception to accommodate this practice for Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

However, a number of factors made us change course this year, including:

  • The decreased appetite from subcouncils to approve designated sites
  • The cost associated with running the sites, including deploying staff and resources, including Law Enforcement, Metro Police, Traffic and of course the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Growing public sentiment opposing the use of fireworks

Given that there will be no designated sites this year, the City appeals to residents to please refrain from setting off fireworks.

As we have indicated before, only national government has the legislative competency to ban the import, production and sale of fireworks or restrict usage by age.

We remind residents that, in terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine; selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.

Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should report this to the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or to the South African Police Service on 10111.

Statement Issued By: City Of Cape Town, Media Office

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