Durban is a popular end-of-year holiday destination and this year is no different. The city is averaging about 250k visitors a day, with some 5 000 beach-goers enjoying its new promenade.
Durban Tourism has since confirmed New Year's Eve plans on the beachfront will include a special light show and fireworks displays to "enthral and set the night sky alight", as the city ushers in 2020.
"The City will host a Laser light display on the North Beach Pier and fireworks pyrotechnics display on the Wedge Beach pier simultaneously. As the sun sets on 2019 the Durban beachfront will radiate and glow with colours as it is immersed in a spectacular display of light and fireworks," says Durban Tourism who wants to position the KwaZulu-Natal city as a mega African travel destination.
SEE: Durban seeing 250k visitors a day, New Year's Eve revellers cautioned to be safe
Those who are planning to ring in the New Year with their own fireworks have been advised "to use them responsibly and to be considerate of their neighbours and animals".
The following numbers can be used in case of an emergency:
- eThekwini Fire and Emergency Unit and Metro Police on 031 361 0000
- SPCA can be reached on031 579 6500
The Municipal bylaw allows fireworks to be set off from 23h45 on December 31 until 00h15 in the New Year. However, there are conditions that residents need to adhere to.
However, South African Police Service has issued an SA-wide fireworks reminder for New Year's Eve revellers to be responsible when using fireworks - keeping in mind it is controlled in terms of the Explosives Act.
Only dealers that are licenced in terms of the Explosives Act, and who are in possession of valid licences issued by an inspector, may deal in the sale of fireworks, says SAPS.
Added to this, various local authorities have specific by-laws that regulate the use or exploding of fireworks.
"It is unlawful to use fireworks within 500 meters of any explosives magazine, explosives factory, petroleum depot or gasometer. In any building or any public thoroughfare. In any other public place or resort, except with the prior written permission of the local authority."
Breaching these regulations is liable to a fine of about R600 or imprisonment for a period of 12 months - or both, if convicted. The police have urged the public to apply the following fireworks safety tips:
- Buy only legal fireworks and always check expiry dates
- Always use fireworks outdoors
- Do not hold lit fireworks in your hand
- Have a hose or bucket of water nearby
- Stand back from all fireworks once they are lit
- Keep pets under control and away from fireworks
- Always comply with instructions as directed on the fireworks
- Children under the age of 16 years should always use or light fireworks under the supervision of parents
- Never try to make your own fireworks
- Always point fireworks away from persons, houses and flammable substances
- Do not allow children to pick-up pieces of fireworks immediately - some may still be ignited and can explode at any time and cause serious injuries.
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