City appeals to Residents to Ensure an Accident - Free Guy Fawkes | Western Cape Government


City appeals to Residents to Ensure an Accident - Free Guy Fawkes

28 October 2009
The City of Cape Town appeals to residents to be safety-conscious in the handling of fireworks when celebrating Guy Fawkes on 05 November. Let's show we are a caring city and avoid unnecessary accidents and take extra care when young children are involved.

Discharging display fireworks in public is illegal, without obtaining prior permission from the Chief Inspector of Explosives and the City of Cape Town.

The City will permit the discharging of shop goods fireworks in public on Thursday, 05 November only at the designated sites listed below, and nowhere else without special permission. Law enforcement agencies will be monitoring the sites.

Cape Town

  • Mnandi Beach parking area (near Law Enforcement office)
  • Maiden's Cove parking area
  • Strandfontein Beach parking area
  • Athlone Stadium parking area


  • Gordon's Bay Main Beach
  • Strand Beach (at Deep Blue)
  • Macassar Beach

South Peninsula

  • Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg
  • Fish Hoek Beach
  • Hout Bay Beach


  • De Grendel Sports Ground, Parow
  • Nooitgedacht Sports Ground, Bishop Lavis
  • Sports Ground in Roosendal Street, Delft


  • Blue Downs Sports Stadium, Hindle Road, Delft


  • Mamre Park, opposite SAPS
  • Wesfleur Sportsfield, Atlantis
  • Palms site, Milnerton
  • Blaauwberg Beach, area opposite KFC (Blaauwberg Road)
  • Ratanga Junction BC parking area, Century City

Persons discharging shop goods fireworks at these sites do so at their own risk. The City will not be held liable for any claims for injury or damage which may arise. It is also against the law for children under the age of 16 to handle or use fireworks except under the supervision of an adult.

The use of fireworks is regulated by the Explosives Act, Act 26 of 1956. The SA Police Services grant licences to sell fireworks. The selling of fireworks by informal traders/street hawkers is illegal. A retailer may not sell fireworks to children under the age of 16. Fireworks may only be sold in sealed packages, as received from the suppliers.

The City appeals to families to keep pets indoors as soon as it becomes dark on 5 November and keep windows closed and curtains drawn to lessen the acute discomfort and often terror which animals can suffer when fireworks are discharged.

Incidents of illegal discharge of fireworks can be reported to the Metro Police Control Centre on 0860 POLICE (0860 765 423), or the SAPS Emergency Control Centre on 10111.

In the case of an emergency situation please contact the City's Public Emergency Communication Centre on 107 or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

General enquiries can be directed to the City's Corporate Call Centre 0860 103 089 or the Disaster Risk Management Centre 080 911 HELP (4357).

Issued by:
Communication Department
City of Cape Town

Media Enquiries: 

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes
Disaster Risk Management Centre
Tel: 080 911 4357
Cell: 084 711 7709

Denzel Andrew Ramedies
Fire and Rescue Services
Tel: 021 850 4234
Cell: 084 220 0210