The party atmosphere will sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticks past midnight around the world to bring in 2019.
It’ll be no different in Cape Town, with many fesitivities planned across the city. However, fireworks are only allowed in designated areas.
Members of the public who want to partake in the discharge of fireworks to mark can do so at the specific spots.
All designated fireworks areas will be patrolled by City Law Enforcement and Metro Police as well as a fire inspector to ensure the safety of all concerned.
The 11 desginated fireworks sites in Cape Town
- Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone
- Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis
- Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis
- Metropolitan sports grounds, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel
- Blue Downs sports field
- Delft Central sports grounds, Main Road, Delft
- Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road
- Swartklip sports complex, Swartklip Road, Mitchells Plain
- Sarepta sports complex
- Strandfontein Pavilion
- Tourism Centre, Athens Road, Table View beachfront
Safety and fireworks
It’s also important to keep the following safety precautions in mind when setting off fireworks.
- Only fireworks bought at an accredited shop may be discharged according to the instructions on the package
- Fireworks may only be discharged at the designated sites and out of range of structures or vehicles
- Children must be supervised at all times when around fireworks
- Do not light fireworks inside any type of container
- Never discharge fireworks while under the influence of intoxicating substances
- The Community Fire Safety By-law prohibits the use of Chinese lanterns
- In terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine; selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; and allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.
Looking ahead to 2019 around the world
As the world parties, many will also look forward to 2019 and wonder whether the turmoil witnessed during the previous year will spill over into the next.
The political wrangling in Westminster over Brexit was one of the key stories of this year, with a resolution yet to be reached ahead of the scheduled March 29 departure from the EU.
US President Donald Trump dominated headlines in 2018 as he ramped up his trade war with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and met his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a historic summit.
North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation will remain a major political and security issue into next year, as will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reassertion of control after Trump’s shock military withdrawal announcement.
The war in Yemen, which started in 2014 and has already killed about 10,000 people and left some 20 million at risk of starvation, could take a crucial turn after a ceasefire took effect in mid-December.
Numerous countries go to the polls in 2019, with key elections in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina and Australia.
Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day international World Cup in England and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.