THE NATIONAL VELD AND FOREST FIRE ACT, 101 OF 1998. As amended by the National Forest & Fire Laws Amendment Act, 12 of 2001. INTRODUCTION.
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As amended by the National Forest & Fire Laws Amendment Act, 12 of 2001
South Africa is home to a variety of ecosystems in which fire plays a role, e.g, fynbos. Periodically the ecosystems accumulate large volumes of fine fuels when preceded by good rainfall, which become fire hazard. These fuel loads need to be managed to acceptable levels to minimise the consequences of wildfires.
RECENT VELDFIRES IN SA INCLUDE:
It is compulsory for State land owners to join a FPAs where these have been formed (s8);
Where an FPA has been registered in an area where all or part is controlled by a municipality and that municipality has a service or in which there is a designated service, THE MUNICIPALITY or DESIGNATED SERVICE must become a member of the FPA (s7)
To its members:
Sharing of resources creates synergy
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FPA
Duties of FPO:
All landowners must:
- break should be long and wide enough
- relatively free of flammable material
- environmentally friendly (no erosion)
Readiness for fire fighting
Every landowner will:
In his/her absence ensure that others are present to:
All chapters in effect exceptCHAPTER 3 (Fire Danger Rating)- needs establishment of NFDRS
Sections in effect from 1 April 1999
Sections in effect from 2 July 1999
Chapter 2 in effect from 1 August 2003
N.B. Fire is also an environmental issue
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