CITY OF CAPE TOWN
29 DECEMBER 2015
City enforcement agencies target a happy new year
The City of Cape Town appeals to residents to be cautious and sensible this New Year’s Eve. There will be no leniency when it comes to drinking and driving or the illegal discharge of fireworks. Read more below:
With New Year’s Eve almost upon us the City would like to remind residents to ensure their celebrations do not infringe on the rights or safety of others. While this is traditionally a time to unwind and celebrate the year behind us, we must do so within the confines of the law.
“I would like to remind residents that drinking and driving will be dealt with as severely as the law allows. Not only do you place your life at risk when doing so, but also the lives of other innocent road users. The City’s law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with SAPS, will be staging road blocks at strategic points through the evening, and will not tolerate any driver that is found to have exceeded the legal limit,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Further to this we would like to remind residents that the discharge of fireworks is only allowed at the following approved sites:
- Westfleur Sportsfield, Reygerdal Drive, Atlantis
- Tourism Centre, Athens Road Table View – Beach front
- Bishop Lavis Sportsfield, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis
- Metropolitan Sportsground, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel
- Delft Central, Sportsground, Main Road, Delft
- Swartklip Sports Complex, cnr Spine and Swartklip Roads, Mitchells Plain
- Athlone Stadium parking area (Eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone
- Maidens Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
- Strandfontein Pavillion Beach front, Strandfontein
- Sarepta Sport Complex
- Blue Downs Sports field
- Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar
Law enforcement authorities will prosecute anyone caught with the illegal fireworks, or discharging fireworks illegally.
Residents are reminded of the following safety tips relating to the discharge of fireworks:
- Only discharge fireworks that have been purchased from an accredited dealer
- Children must be supervised at all times when around fireworks
- Do not discharge fireworks indoors
- Ensure that fireworks are discharged out of range of spectators and any other structures or vehicles
- Do not try to reignite a ‘dud’ as it could explode near your hands or face
- Only light one firework at a time
- Do not make your own fireworks
- Only use fireworks as directed by the instructions printed on the packaging
- Do not light fireworks inside any type of container
- Never discharge fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or other substances
We also appeal to all residents to please familiarise yourselves with the following fire prevention tips http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/FireAndRescue/Pages/PreventingFires.aspx.
‘I appeal to members of the public to use fireworks responsibly to prevent injuries and inconvenience to those residents who do not partake in such activities. We have confiscated fireworks in previous years and issued fines for the illegal discharge of fireworks and we will do so again this year if need be,’ added Alderman Smith.
Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should please report the information to the Metro Police Call Centre on 0860-POLICE (765 423) or to the SAPS on 10111.
ALL Emergencies can be directed via the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town