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:
- Magennis Park (Uitenhage).
- The open grassed area opposite the water wheel in Despatch.
- Joorst Park Beach: The sandy beach area. Grassed areas as