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City appeals to residents to ensure an accident-free Guy Fawkes

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City appeals to residents to ensure an accident-free Guy Fawkes

by Martin Pollack
30 Oct 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

To prepare for Guy Fawkes on 5 November, the City of Cape Town has demarcated a number of designated, controlled sites in which shop bought fireworks may be discharged by members of the public.

Since fireworks are potentially dangerous, especially to children, and cause acute discomfort to animals, the City would like to appeal to residents to be safety-conscious on Guy Fawkes.

The sites are:

* Mnandi Beach parking area [near the Law Enforcement office]
* Maiden's Cove parking area
* Strandfontein Beach parking area
* Vygieskraal Stadium parking area

* Gordon's Bay Main Beach
* Strand Beach (at Deep Blue)
* Macassar Beach

* Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg
* Fish Hoek Beach
* Hout Bay Beach

* De Grendel Sports Ground, Parow
* Sleepy Hollow Park, Elsies River
* Nooitgedacht Sports Ground, Bishop Lavis
* Sports Ground in Roosendal Street, Delft

* Blue Downs Sports Stadium, Hindle Road, Delft

* Mamre Park, opposite SAPS
* Wesfleur Sportsfield, Atlantis
* Palms site, Milnerton
* Blaauwberg Beach, area opposite KFC (Blaauwberg Road)

The City will monitor these sites by deploying law enforcement agents. Members of the public are requested to note that fireworks will not be permitted at any other site within Cape Town.

The City will not be held liable for any claims for injury or damage that may arise from the discharge of fireworks on Guy Fawkes, as people who discharge shop bought fireworks do so at their own risk. The public are requested to note that it is also against the law for children under the age of 16 to handle or use fireworks except under the supervision of an adult.

The strict control under which fireworks are discharged is necessary to prevent accidents. Discharging display fireworks in public is illegal without permission from the Chief Inspector of Explosives and the City of Cape Town.

The City appeals to pet owners to keep their animals indoors on both nights and to close windows and draw curtains to lessen the acute distress and terror that animals can suffer when fireworks are discharged. A dog's hearing is eight or nine times more sensitive than a human's.

Incidents of illegal discharge of fireworks can be reported to the Metro Police Control Centre on 0860 POLICE (0860 765 423), or the SAPS Emergency Control Centre on 10111.

In an emergency, members of the public can contact the City's Public Emergency Communication Centre on 107 (or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone).

General enquiries can be directed to the City's Corporate Call Centre 0860 103 089 or the Disaster Risk Management Centre on 021 597 5000.

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