According to an official statement released in October this year by Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, The City of Cape Town have decided not to opt for designated fireworks sites any longer instead, people will now have to apply for permits to put on any firework displays.
According to the original statement -which recieved a strong response from the public- a number of factors lead the City to change its mind this year, including the cost associated with running the sites, which include deploying resources such as, law enforcement, metro police, traffic and fire and rescue services along with the growing public sentiment opposing the use of fireworks as well as animal welfare concerns.
But just days following the statement in which the City of Cape Town declared that designated firework sites during public celebrations would be entirely banned, it allowed a designated fireworks site for the Hindu festival, Diwali after mounting pressure from the public – but that won’t be the case for today’s Guy Fawkes celebrations.
We have a problem with illegal fireworks imports, sale and detonation, particularly in Cape Town between October and January annually. Organised fireworks displays can still be applied for because the City has not imposed a ban on fireworks – we have simply decided not to have designated City sites.” – Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith
Today, people across the world will use fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day but the recent ban on city-controlled firework sites means that residents of Cape Town won’t be able to join in on the action.
In a statement released yesterday, the City of Cape Town urged residents to not participate in Guy Fawkes celebrations using fireworks as there are no City designated areas. Those found letting off fireworks without a permit are liable to fines.
“The City reminds residents that there are no designated fireworks sites for Guy Fawkes and 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 fine and selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 will also be liable”
The public are encouraged to report any information regarding the sale or use of fireworks to The City of Cape Town on their Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone or to the South African Police Service on 10111.