Obey the rules on fireworks, urges SAPS – KwaDukuza

It is time to batten down the hatches as fireworks season once again comes to the Dolphin Coast – and the first big bangs came from no less than the SA Police Services.

Guy Fawkes, Diwali, New Year’s Eve – all of these are synonymous with fireworks.

According to KwaDukuza’s bylaws, fireworks are allowed only on November 5 (Guy Fawkes), the week of Diwali (starting November 6 and 7) and on January 1 – unless you are in possession of a valid permit for another date.

On Friday night, the Fairmont Hotel in Zimbali hosted an event that included a fireworks display at the beach – much to the annoyance of nearby Ballito and Zimbali residents.

Liezl Meier, director of sales and marketing at the Fairmont, confirmed that fireworks had been used in a function at the Fairmont.

“Although there was a firework display, this did not take place on hotel property, nor on Zimbali Coastal Resort property, but in a public municipal area.”

Meier said all relevant permits had been obtained and residents had been advised. The Zimbali homeowners body, ZEMA, was keen to distinguish itself from the Fairmont.

ZEMA general manager Sarika Sewpersad said: “Zimbali Estate management association does not condone the fireworks display held on the beach outside the estate’s boundary in front of Zimbali Coastal Resort late on Friday night for a private gala event hosted by Fairmont Zimbali Hotel for its client.

“While we are mindful that beaches are public property under the jurisdiction of KwaDukuza municipality which issued the permit, Zimbali Coastal Resort is an eco-friendly, conservation-sensitive estate and the welfare and safety of our wildlife is of the utmost concern and priority to us.

“We have been in discussions with the relative KwaDukuza authority to consider this before issuing permits in future.”

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Meanwhile, national SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo confirmed that the event was an awards evening for the SAPS national forensic services division. Umhlali SAPS spokesperson captain Vinny Pillay urged residents to obey KwaDukuza’s bylaws on fireworks.

The bylaws state, “It shall be unlawful for any person to use or explode any fireworks (i) within 500m of any explosives magazine, explosives factory, petroleum depot or gas meter; or (ii) in any building or on any public thoroughfare.

“No person, other than a technician, shall operate a public display of fireworks on any premises without the written permission of the explosives department and the local designated fire officer.”

Certain types of fireworks are illegal, including “firecrackers larger than 50mm long and 12mm diameter, match crackers or match strike firecrackers commonly known as ‘Bombs’, e.g. Indian King, King India, Classic Foils etc.”

Keep your pets safe indoors and give them a place where they can hide.

Turning up the TV or radio may help as well.

Contact captain Vinny Pillay at 073 310 0103, Umhlali Police at 032-947 9900 or Ballito Fire & Emergency Services at 032-437 5570.

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Allan Troskie
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