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'Braaivleis' fires are the only legal fireworks

It is illegal to set off any form of fireworks in the Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, and Mossel Bay Municipal areas. These areas include Sedgefield, Wilderness, Great Brak River and Klein Brak River.

Persons found in possession of any form of fireworks may be prosecuted, and if found guilty in a court of law, faces fines, or imprisonment or both. Owners of retail outlets selling fireworks will be prosecuted and may face steep fines or imprisonment, or both.

The public is urged to report perpetrators to their local police station.

The dangers of fireworks:

- Fireworks cause the pollution of the environment, and often is the cause of death of various animals. Animals, including marine and bird species often mistake the colorful remains from fireworks as a food source.

- Fireworks are often mistaken for distress signals and emergency services waste valuable resources on false alarms.

- Due to the current drought situation in the Western Cape, fireworks pose a huge fire risk. Water is a scarce commodity and should not be used for fighting preventable fires.

- Domesticated animals and pets get scared, and often end up dead on roads as they are run over by vehicles while trying to escape from the noise. In some cases these animals end up at the local animal shelter so traumatised that they need to be euthanised.

For people who want to see a fireworks display, Mossel Bay Municipality granted permission to an applicant for a fireworks display at the Hartenbos seafront on 31 December 2017. This display will be closely monitored by the fire department, SA Police services and local authorities.

For the rest of us - we may enjoy fireworks in the form of a 'braaivleis' (BBQ) fire with friends and family.


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