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Don’t contribute to Guy Fawkes mayhem by discharging fireworks indiscriminately - Cllr John Best

Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Safety and Security, Cllr John Best, appealed to residents not to breach municipal fireworks by-laws this Guy Fawkes Day when discharging fireworks during the allotted time (18:00 – 21:00).

Although Guy Fawkes Day is primarily commemorated in Great Britain following a failed attack on the House of Lords on 5 November 1605, this somehow became a tradition in South Africa as well.

"We are pleading with the public not to discharge fireworks in their neighbourhoods, in grassy areas and outside the demarcated areas.

"Our Metro Police and the Fire and Emergency Services in collaboration with the South African Police Services will be on high alert as the adherence to this tradition can cause immense distress for dogs and other animals and present fire hazards as well.

"Residents will get an opportunity to engage with the municipality about our current Fireworks bylaw when a public participation process commence within a couple of months,” MMC Best said.

Important information to note and adhere to:

·         The discharge of fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day, 5 November, will only be permitted between 18:00 and 21:00.

·         Fireworks may only be purchased from approved dealers who are in possession of an approved fireworks dealer’s licence.

·         Fireworks may only be sold to/purchased by persons older than 16 years of age.

·         Fireworks are not permitted to be discharged in any residential area.

Fireworks may only be discharged in the following permitted areas:

1) Central Sports Field (off Lower Drostdy Street, Uitenhage).

2) The open grassed area opposite the water wheel in Despatch.

3) The following beach areas, as hereafter defined:

a) Joorst Park Beach:

The sandy beach area. Grassed areas as well as sand dunes remain excluded.

b) Wells Estate Beach:

The sandy beach area. Grassed areas as well as sand dunes remain excluded.

c) Bluewater Bay Beach:

The sandy beach area from the Swartkops River mouth up to the Coega River. Grassed areas as well as sand dunes remain excluded.

d) Southern Beaches:

The beach area from Kings Beach (Supertube area) to the Beacon opposite Admiralty Way.  Grassed areas as well as sand dunes remain excluded.

Aerial fireworks may only be discharged with the express permission of the Regional Inspector of Explosives (SAPS) at Tel No: 041 398 2300.

Offences and penalties

Any person not adhering to the aforementioned conditions may be, on conviction, liable to be fined, or in default of payment, to imprisonment, or to such imprisonment without the option of a fine, or to both such fine and such imprisonment, and in the case of a successive or continuing offence, to a fine for every day such offence continues, or in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment.

General Safety Precautions:

 

¨       Do not try to re-ignite fireworks.

¨       When fireworks do not discharge, do not approach such fireworks immediately, as a delayed discharge or explosion may occur.

¨       Fireworks should not be discharged whilst being held in the hand.

¨       Do not bind fireworks together; light them one by one.

¨       Keep pets indoors whilst fireworks are being set off. They become afraid, nervous, disorientated and could also become aggressive. It is a very stressful experience for animals, so please preferably avoid their exposure to fireworks. If avoidance is not possible, please minimize their exposure to fireworks to the least amount of time possible.

Any complaints regarding the discharge of fireworks should be reported to the Safety and Security control centre at 041 5851555 or to SAPS at 10111.

Ends

Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za).

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