Index FIRE PROHIBITION PERIOD 2020/2021
Date Added: 08 June 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE

FIRE PROHIBITION PERIOD 2020/2021

 

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) in conjunction with the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre (EC-PDMC) a directorate within the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) hereby advises that due to the Veld Fire Season and prevailing drought conditions no burning or open fires as defined are permitted as follows:

·         Makana Municipality as from 1 July 2020 until 31 October 2020;

·         Kouga – and Koukamma Municipalities as from 1 November 2020 until 28 February 2021;

·         Ndlambe- and Sundays River Valley Municipalities as from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021;

·         Dr Beyers Naude Municipality as from 1 August 2020 until 31 March 2021;

·         Blue Crane Route Municipality as from 1 August 2020 until 30 April 2021

 

Burning will be allowed under the following strict conditions: 

v  The Chief Fire Officers of the Local Municipalities must approve all burning operations according to their respective burning permit systems.

v  In the absence of a Chief Fire Officer, the Fire Protection Officer of the local Fire Protection Association must approve all burning operations according to their respective burning permit system and Community Safety By-laws.

v  Landowners must apply a minimum of seven (7) days prior to burning for pre-approval.

v  Final approval for burning must be obtained on the day of the proposed burn.  

v  All bordering landowners must be informed of burning operations in terms of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (Act 101 of 1998) (NVFFA).

v  The NVFFA places a duty on all landowners to have all precautions in place to prevent a fire from spreading or causing damage. 

 

The public is urged to be extremely vigilant and to report any fires to the Local Municipalities

 

or the Sarah Baartman District Municipal Disaster Management Centre at 041 508 7048 / Toll free 080 022 2238, Fire Protection Associations, alternatively to the Ambulance services at 10177, South African Police services at 10111 and the Public Emergency centre at 112.

 

Any persons contravening this notice may be liable and face prosecution under the Fire Brigade Services Act 99 of 1987, National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998) or any other applicable legislation. 

 

For any further information kindly contact Mr K Majokweni at 082 628 3359 / 041 508 7036 of the SBDM or Mr NC Julius at 079 496 4256 of the EC – PDMC