City mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said NYE would be no different and cautioned the public to refrain from setting off fireworks.
“We urge the public to keep cool heads as they usher in the new year. We want everyone to have a safe and fun-filled time, so make sure to avoid drinking and driving or any other antisocial behaviour; do not drink in public spaces and refrain from setting off fireworks. The latter is only allowed where a permit for a fireworks display has been applied for and granted," said Smith.
eThekwini municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela cautioned residents to use fireworks responsibly and be considerate of their neighbours and animals — or face the possibility of a fine of up to R10,000.
“The municipal bylaw allows for fireworks to be set off from 11.45pm on December 31 until 00.15am in the new year. However, there are conditions that residents need to adhere to. Low-hazard fireworks, such as fountains, lawn lights and sparkles, can be lit in private homes. Fireworks such as air bombs, supersonic bangs, sound shells, fountain whistles and screeches are prohibited as they cause a disturbance and are a nuisance to neighbours."
Mayisela said the bylaw also calls for children under 16 years of age to be properly supervised by an adult when letting off fireworks.
“Fireworks should be detonated away from hospitals, clinics, old-age/nursing homes, animal welfare organisations and petrol stations. Fireworks should not be pointed towards any person, as this is dangerous. Residents are also reminded that fireworks cannot be recycled and therefore they need to be disposed of appropriately, in black bin bags."