Guy Fawkes fireworks remain banned in Drakenstein
Written by Jeremeo Le Cordeur on 3 Nov 2021
The 5th of November celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day in a number of countries, is traditionally linked to the use of fireworks. Drakenstein Municipality – which covers Paarl, Wellington, Mbekweni, Gouda, Saron, Hermon and Simondium – would like to remind the Drakenstein community that no one is allowed to discharge fireworks or cause fireworks to be discharged within the municipal boundaries.
The Drakenstein Municipal Council earlier approved a ban on the discharging of fireworks in the Drakenstein municipal area, with the exclusion of pre-approved events. This followed calls from residents, animal welfare organisations and the business sector for the Municipality to review its position in terms of a ban on the use of fireworks.
The Municipality took into consideration the risk of physical harm, acute injuries or distress to children, senior citizens and animals, as well as risks to the environment and business sector. Errant fireworks could cause not only serious injuries or worse, but also environmental or infrastructural damage through fires.
The Municipality’s Control of Fireworks does however provide for the City Manager of Drakenstein Municipality – in collaboration with the Executive Mayor – to grant written permission to discharge fireworks, subjected to certain conditions, at special pre-approved events such as major sports events or cultural and religious festivals (e.g. Diwali/Deepavali (Festival of Lights)).
The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Drakenstein Municipality’s Bylaw Enforcement division will ensure that the Control of Fireworks Bylaw is upheld and will confiscate fireworks found illegally in anyone’s possession. Those who contravene the provisions of this bylaw will be fined.
Drakenstein Municipality is further governed by Bylaw No 1/2002 in respect of the control of fireworks. Any person who contravenes the provisions of this bylaw shall be liable for a fine not exceeding R1 000, or imprisonment not exceeding six months.
The Municipality encourages members of the public to report anyone who illegally discharges or sells fireworks to 021 807 8508 (all hours), 080 131 3553 toll-free (all hours) or [email protected].