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

  • New administrator vacancy - posted 28 April 2021

    The Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa (FPASA) is seeking an Administrative Officer to join our team and support our daily office duties. A successful Administrative Officer will act as the point of contact for all employees and clients, providing administrative support and managing their queries. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV. 

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    We have been talking a lot about hydrants these past couple of days, unfortunately inspired by the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire. Whilst we cannot comment on what went wrong for that specific incident because we have not conducted a fire investigation at those premises, we thought it would be useful to circulate some information on fire flow and hydrants. Please note that extracts of tabulated data are sourced from SANS 10090: Community Protection Against Fire.

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    Full 2004 SANParks Report here. 

    Full 2017 Santam Report on "Mega Fires".

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