Though the S.A. building regulations does not provide extensive detail in thatch construction - please read through the below guide from the Thatchers Association of South Africa (TASA) for more guidance. 

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The Mayor of St. Francis Bay explains the fire started as a consequence of informal settlers clearing space for the erection of informal dwellings. Part of the process entailed the informal settlers setting vegetation alight. However, due to strong winds, the fire spread to surrounding areas and eventually caught onto thatch of surrounding formal dwellings. Once the thatch caught alight, this then spread rapidly. Due to the valiant efforts of St. Francis Bay firefighters and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan municipality, the fire was brought under control. No people are reported dead, and at least 11 homes have been serverely damaged. (See video below)

This year the FPASA wanted to honour women in the Fire and Emergency Services as they truly are our unsung heroes. Women, and men, risk their lives every day for our safety and wellbeing, however women experience discrimination and a host of other historical issues which are now being addressed on a national level. The National Disaster Management team, primarily Dr. Moses Khangale and Mr. Lloyd Phetu, acknowledge the significant contribution of women in fire emergency services and together with the FPASA wanted to pay tribute to women who inspire us every day. 

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Renay Sewpersad, MD FPASA, delivering the opening address at the 2018 FPASA/NDMC Womens Day event. 

This year the FPASA embarked on an ambitious strategy to empower all Fire Departments nationally.

The FPASA trained over 225 firefighters (a minimum of 25 from each of the 9 provinces) in South Africa on Fire Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies (FRAPS) free of charge.

Eastern Cape training

 Eastern Cape FRAPS training

The FPASA will be closed between 24 December 2018 and 04 January 2019.

We will re-open on 02 January 2019. 

Have a blessed and safe festive season, from the FPASA family

merry xmas and happy new year

The latest fire statistic data provided by the SA municipalities and analysed by the FPASA reveals the following:

  • For the 2016/2017 municipal reporting period, there were 5283 informal dwelling fires recorded by municipalities and reported to the FPASA.
  • The value of this loss equates to R179 513 324 – reported by the municipalities across SA.
  • From the period 2007 to present– the financial losses incurred in informal dwellings has been increasing year-on-year consistently, with the current reporting period reflecting the highest financial losses to date.

Latest News

  • Internet Disruption- 19 09 2019

    Good Day Beautiful People!!

     

    We are unfortunately experiencing difficulty with our internet services today.

    Please do bear with us as we work dilligently to rectify the matter.

    We are still available telephonically: 011 397 1618/ 011 397 1619

     

    Thank you, Renay S

     
  • Strike Action- Impact on FPASA Ops (04 September 2019)

    Good day loyal customers,

    Unfortunately, due to current civil unrest in S.A., not all our staff can make it to work as their safety is compromised in the commute to-and-fro. 

    Please bear with us as there will be delays in responding to your emails/ phone calls.

    We sincerely appreciate your patience. 

    Thank you,

    Renay Sewpersad 

     
  • Mikateka Primary School- Nelson Mandela Day Initiative in partnership with CADENA SA

    "The late, Nelson Mandela saw himself first and foremost as a servant of South Africa’s people, to whom he felt he owed a duty, and who led by example. A positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela, but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge. In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, we take this opportunty afforded by CADENA SA, to become part of a continuous global movement for good."

    Tebogo Petlele, FPASA

     

     

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