Small costs, large returns

Membership of an FPA can cost as little as a few hundred rand a year, depending on the size of your land. The fee is well worth it, for a host of reasons. FPA membership helps you to fulfil your legal responsibilities and can help to avert claims that may arise should...

Firefighting course is a “must”, says landowners

The Southern Cape and Greater Cederberg FPAs offer courses in basic firefighter training to landowners and their staff, and particpants say the courses are “a must”. The one-day courses are subsided for FPA members, and teach the basics of firefighting. This includes...

FAQ: What are my legal responsibilities?

PREVENTION The National Veld and Forest Fire Act states that any landowner on whose land a fire may start, or from which it may spread, must take actions to prevent destruction from runaway wildfire. This includes preparing firebreaks, training staff to start fighting...

Harnessing space-age technology

In 2004, local scientist Philip Frost had a “Eureka” moment that has been a massive boost for wildfire detection and prevention. He realised there might be a way of receiving, processing and distributing data streaming down from satellites, to boost fire management....