ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

11 November 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Wishes All Hindus A Happy Diwali

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has extended best wishes to all Hindu residents that celebrate Diwali, also called Deepavali.

“For some people, Diwali marks the start of a new year and a new beginning. It is a time for personal reflection and a time to celebrate and give thanks for successes and accomplishments. It is a time to remember the underprivileged and contribute to the wellbeing of society through charitable gestures. Diwali signifies a fresh start and the triumph of good over evil,” said Nxumalo.

The City appreciates that as the festive season approaches, this is also the time when residents use fireworks.

Nxumalo reminds residents to use fireworks responsibly and to dispose of the fireworks and packaging appropriately. 

“Let us also remember to ensure our pets and not harmed as we indulge in the festivities. Ensure that they are safe and away from fireworks as these can adversely affect them. Durban is a diverse City, a melting pot of cultures and religions. I encourage all residents to embrace our City’s uniqueness by embracing other cultures and religions,” Nxumalo said.

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 the neighbours. 

The Fireworks Policy Guidelines call for children under 16 years of age to be properly supervised by an adult when letting off fireworks. Fireworks must be detonated or exploded as far away as possible from hospitals, clinics, petrol service stations, old age and nursing homes, animal welfare organisation and institutions.

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za 

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