KZN residents say no to fireworks

Local resident Warren du Plessis met with KwaDukuza police to discuss the issue and started the Facebook group Illegal Dolphin Coast Fireworks, North Coast Courier reported.

“Fireworks are not allowed in the KwaDukuza municipality, and we, as a community with special-needs children, sensitive pets and elderly folk, would appreciate all of the tourists and locals to respect this,” said Du Plessis.

Fireworks may legally be detonated from 11.45pm on December 31 of each year until 12.15am of the New Year, according to the Fireworks Policy Guidelines; while in Johannesburg, the prescribed times for fireworks were said to be from 11pm to 1am on New Year’s Eve, and from 7pm to 10pm on New Year’s Day.

Du Plessis said a fine of up to R10 000 could be imposed on any offenders by local police.

“I agree that it is not fair to ban fireworks completely, therefore the limited time period allocated for fireworks is a fair compromise,” said Isabel Austin, antifireworks activist and founder of the Meet My Neighbour Ballito Facebook page.

The misuse of fireworks can be reported by calling the Ballito Control Room on 032-946-2711 or Traffic and Crime on 032-946-8000.

In November, the City of Cape Town said the use of fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations should be banned.

This comes after numerous complaints related to the use of fireworks during the celebrations were received, mayoral committee member Alderman JP Smith said.

“It is beyond belief that the majority of residents who do not participate in Guy Fawkes should be subjected to the ongoing madness that we see every year,” said Smith.

However, as the local government, they could not enforce a ban.

“We can only limit the use of fireworks. The banning can only be done by the national government and we think it is time that they put their minds to this.”

–  North Coast Courier

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