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Control of Fireworks By-law, 2002

  • Published in Western Cape Provincial Gazette no. 5873 on 17 May 2002
  • Commenced on 17 May 2002
  • [This is the version of this document from 17 May 2002 and includes any amendments published up to 17 March 2023.]
Drakenstein Municipality, by virtue of the powers vested in it by section 156(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996) as amended, read with section 13 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000) as amended, has made the By-Law set out in the schedule below:
1.Subject to section 2, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged, any fireworks within the municipal boundary.
(i)The Municipal Manager may give written permission for the discharge of fireworks, subject to any conditions.
(ii)The Municipal Manager may designate specific areas for the release of fireworks subject to any conditions.
(iii)The followers of the Hindu religion shall only be permitted to use silent fireworks when celebrating Deepavali/Diwali.
3.No person shall sell any fireworks to any person under the age of 16 years.
4.No person under the age of 16 years shall be permitted to possess fireworks.
5.Any police officer or law enforcement officer may confiscate any fireworks in the possession of any person who is reasonably suspected of or who intends contravening the provisions of this By-law.
6.Any person who contravenes the provisions of this By-law shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable for a fine not exceeding R1 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

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