Official Website of the Winelands Fire Protection Association
Fire Protection Associations are formed and governed under the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (Act 101 of 1998) as voluntary associations of Landowners who wish to cooperate for the purpose of predicting, preventing, managing and extinguishing veldfires.
The Winelands Fire Protection Association was registered with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Registration number: 1170/02) in November 2014 amalgamating the former Stellenbosch, Tulbach-Wolseley, Ceres-Witzenberg, Ceres-Kouebokkeveld, Warmbokkeveld and Kouebokkeveld FPAs. The boundary is now the same as the Cape Winelands District Municipality with an area of 2,158,000ha. See map on left.
In January 2018 the WFPA was registered as a Non Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development (Registration number: 200-807 NPO).
The WFPA has a strong working relationship with the Cape Winelands District Municipality and CapeNature including through the Cape Winelands District Fire Work Group and is solidified through signed agreements.
OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Contribute to community development by reducing injuries, losses to lives, property and the environment due to wildfires
Promote Integrated Fire Management together with the useful role of wildfires
Protect mountain catchment areas to protect future fresh water supplies
Protect the high levels of biodiversity, endemism and red data species of the Cape Florist Region
Reduce the incidence and spread of wildfires
Promote cooperation and coordination between all role players in wildfires
Deploy a veldfire management strategy throughout the FPA area
Develop and implement IFMPs for the Fire Management Units
Empower landowners in IFM
Awareness and compliance of landowners to the NVFFA
Compliance of members to the agreed FPA rules
Increase in FPA members
Awareness to the general public on wildfires
Identify and reduce the risks within high fire risk areas
Create MOUs and working agreements with neighbouring Fire Brigade Services and FPAs
Ensure an adequate wildfire reporting system is in place for all reporting requirements
The Winelands FPA is not a firefighting organisation. Fire suppression operations are conducted according to the Fire Brigade Services Act and remain the responsibility of the Cape Winelands District Municipality.