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City braced for Guy Fawkes ‘celebrations’ <p></p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption><p>​© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>​​​The City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Directorate is steeling itself for the annual Guy Fawkes 'celebrations' this weekend. The 5th of November is synonymous with the setting off of fireworks, but also the more ominous tradition of 'smearing' people with paint in some parts of the city.​<br><br> The City has approved 12 sites for the discharge of fireworks (an increase on the number for last year) and appeals to members of the public to limit any fireworks activities to these sites. Enforcement and emergency services staff will be on duty at the sites to ensure that revellers obey the law and to assist with traffic flow and any other eventualities.</p></span><span> <p> In 2015, nearly 21 000 people descended on the designated sites for Guy Fawkes. A total of 16 injuries were reported to the joint operations centre on the night. Officers also issued 16 fines totalling R6 200 for infringements at the sites.​​</p> <p></p> <span> <blockquote cite=""><p> <em>​​​​"We commit significant resources to overseeing proceedings at the approved fireworks sites and it shows in the fact that we had no major incidents last year. I appeal to revellers to use common sense when discharging fireworks, especially around children. I'll remind the public that it is illegal to have anyone younger than 16 discharge fireworks. It is also illegal to buy fireworks from unregistered vendors. While the City has a duty to ensure public safety, the public too has a duty to play their part"</em>​ <b>Alderman JP Smith</b><cite>City Mayoral Committee Member:Safety and Security ​</cite></p></blockquote></span><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><br><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>​​​Away from the designated sites, the City's Metro Police and Law Enforcement Departments will also focus on complaints from residential areas – some of which continue to be plagued by the illegal discharge of fireworks. Last year, the Metro Police Department alone received 309 complaints. In addition, Law Enforcement will step up operations to clamp down on illegal fireworks vendors. By yesterday morning, 3 November 2016, staff had confiscated more than 800 boxes of fireworks.</p><p>​​​​​​'Guy Fawkes is arguably one of our most challenging days. We are inundated with complaints from the public about fireworks in their neighbourhoods, terrorised pets, and of course the blatant assault of innocent people by marauding gangs who derive great pleasure from targeting their victims with paint, eggs and even faeces. I think it might be a blessing that this ridiculous tradition falls on a Saturday this year, which means that law-abiding residents who are forced to run the gauntlet between home, school, and work are spared the indignity this time round,' added Alderman Smith.​</p></span></span><div><span><p>The City reminds residents that the designated fireworks sites are as follows:</p> <ul><li> Tourism Centre, Athens Road, Table View beachfront (Killarney Racetrack is being considered as an alternative site for New Year's Eve)<br></li><li> Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis<br></li><li> Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis<br></li><li> Metropolitan sports grounds, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel<br></li><li>​ Delft Central sports grounds, Main Road, Delft<br></li><li>Swartklip sports complex, Swartklip Road, Mitchells Plain<br></li><li>Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone<br></li><li>Maiden's Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay<br></li><li>Strandfontein Pavilion, Strandfontein<br></li><li>Sarepta sports complex<br></li><li>Blue Downs sports field<br></li><li>Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar                                                                                               </li></ul> <p>​​The discharging of fireworks has to cease at 23:00 on 5 November 2016 at these sites.​ ​​</p><p>Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should report this to the Metro Police Call Centre on 0860 POLICE (765 423) or to the South African Police Service on 10111. General emergencies can be directed via the City's Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or <a>​021 480 7700</a> from a cellphone.​</p> <p> <strong>End</strong></p></span></div>2016-11-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9;L0|#0b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9|safety and security1

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