The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality wishes to appeal to the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay to act responsibly regarding the discharging of fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day, 5 November 2012. It should be remembered that fireworks are potentially dangerous and that the indiscriminate discharging thereof is irritating to others and experienced as traumatic by animals. Every year, cases are reported of terrified pets scaling walls and getting lost, maimed or killed on our roads.
In that regard, the Municipality appeals to all pet owners to preferably keep their pets indoors or at least locked up over the period, and to constantly monitor their condition.
The Municipality has designated the following places at which fireworks may be legally discharged, as stipulated in the Explosives Act, No. 26 of 1956:
All Public Parks and developed public open spaces, except Settlers and St George’s Parks and proclaimed nature reserves, provided such public open space is not within 250 m of a hospital, veterinary surgery, animal shelter, old age home, petrol filling station and storage for petroleum and other flammable products.
Sandy beach areas in Port Elizabeth (sand dunes excluded) of Joorst Park, Wells Estate Beach, Bluewater Bay Beach and King’s Beach (from Supertubes to beacon opposite Admiralty Drive.
Areas in Uitenhage: Open areas between Lovebird Street and Tiryville, Kamesh and Maduna Roads, Uitenhage Rugby Club, corner of Drostdy and Market Streets, Uitenhage.
Areas in KwaNobuhle: Open area between Mqolomba and Jabavu Roads, and between Ponana Tini and Tize Streets.
Area in Despatch: Open area across from waterwheel in Main Street.