Cape Town is set for its usual New Year festivities but this year is up against new alcohol regulations, warnings of high winds and fire alerts.

The city has issued zero tolerance warnings for firework displays outside the designated sites amid fears that the strong winds and dry conditions, combined with illegal fireworks, could lead to an increase in fires across the city.

Ten firework sites have been made available, two more than for the Diwali and Guy Fawkes festivals in November. These include Strand and Blaauwberg beaches.

The police are cracking down on illegal supplies of alcohol across the city as new drinking regulations come into force at midnight on 31 December. These include time restrictions on serving liquor in bars, clubs and restaurants, but as the deadlines differ for the city