EMERGENCY 021 887 4446

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  • Joint Venture Proof of Concept between WFPA (Implementers) and Insurance Consortium (Funders).
  • X2 Huey Helicopters were based at Stellenbosch Airfield from December 2021 until April 2022.
  • Independent Rapid Deployment was managed by the WFPA.
  • 50km Operating radius (max 30 minutes flying time to incidents).
  • 22 Deployments were done.
  • 5 Extensions were requested by members/landowners.
  • Total hours flown = 39,2 hours
  • Total loads dropped = 534 loads
  • Total Litres dropped = 507 300 litres
  • This proof of concept saved the Insurance Industry an excess amount of R50,000,000 (Fifty Million Rand) of potential claims.

Control burning allowed from 3rd May to 31th October 2023 ONLY WITH A VALID PERMIT

GENERAL BURN PERMIT APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN 22 MARCH 2023 AND CLOSE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2023.

Landowners can apply for a permit to carry out a control burn by using the link below.  Inspections will only start on 3 May 2023.  Please note that it may take up to 14 workdays for the inspection to take place, and the permit to be approved by an officer of the CWDM Fire Service. A CWDM Fire Service Officer will contact the applicant to arrange a time at which the inspection will take place.

A day before you plan to burn, please inform your neighbour’s and relevant WhatsApp Groups of the scheduled burn.

On the day of the burn, please contact CWDM Fire Services Control Room on (021) 887 4446.  Supply them with your burn permit number.

APPLICATIONS FOR GENERAL BURN PERMITS CLOSE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2023.

USE LINK BELOW TO APPLY ONLINE:
https://winelandsfpa.co.za/burn-permit-application/

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.

FIRE DANGER INDEX (FDI)

Below the South African Weather Services FDI forecast. This is the only legally accepted FDI in South Africa.

23 MAY 2022 (Monday)

  • Stellenbosch 41 41
  • Paarl 39 39
  • Ceres 37 37
  • Worcester 54 54
  • Robertson 47 47

24 MAY 2022 (Tuesday)

  • Stellenbosch 32 32
  • Paarl 31 31
  • Ceres 37 37
  • Worcester 44 44
  • Robertson 46 46

25 MAY 2022 (Wednesday)

  • Stellenbosch 23 23
  • Paarl 22 22
  • Ceres 30 30
  • Worcester 42 42
  • Robertson 49 49

26 MAY 2022 (Thursday)

  • Stellenbosch 38 38
  • Paarl 34 34
  • Ceres 38 38
  • Worcester 31 31
  • Robertson 39 39

27 MAY 2022 (Friday)

  • Stellenbosch 53 53
  • Paarl 49 49
  • Ceres 45 45
  • Worcester 46 46
  • Robertson 43 43

Disclaimer: Neither WFPA nor its partners can be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising out of or in connection with the use of the FDI information provided. The WFPA does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. It remains the responsibility of the landowner to take weather status into account, on the specific day, when doing a controlled burn or fighting a fire. If you have any difficulties in obtaining the FDI please contact us.

FMUs

Please select a region/ward on the image map to see the relevant leader's contact information.

FMUs
Breede Valley Ceres Kouebokkeveld Ceres Witzenberg Drakenstein Langeberg Stellenbosch Tulbagh Wolseley Warm & Kouebokkeveld LV

Breede Valley

Leader's name:
Gerrie van Zyl

Contact Number:
0823364924

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Ceres Kouebokkeveld

Leader's name:
Ben Du Toit

Contact Number:
083 564 3394

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Ceres Witzenberg

Leader's name:
Robert Zulch

Contact Number:
082 416 6368

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Drakenstein

Leader's name:
Kuba Miszewski

Contact Number:
082 080 7258

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Langeberg

Leader's name:
Adrian Robinson

Contact Number:
072 550 7602

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Stellenbosch

Leader's name:
Ashley Bauer

Contact Number:
083 457 4065

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Tulbagh Wolseley

Leader's name:
Pieter Carstens

Contact Number:
083 628 2680

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

Warm & Kouebokkeveld LV

Leader's name:
Sebastian Wolfaardt (Afterhours)
Contact Number:
071 423 8451

Suretha (BBV Secretary)
Contact Number:
023 316 1230

For all help & general information:
Tania Cloete
021 888 5821
076 134 5265
info@winelandsfpa.co.za

OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES

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.

Aims:

  • 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 Floristic Region

 

Objectives:

  • 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

WHAT WE DO

  • Creating a fire management plan for the region
  • Identifying high risk areas and assisting with mitigation of these risks
  • Identifying strategic fire breaks and assisting with the creation of them
  • Serve as the link between landowners and the Fire Brigade Services for wildfires and prescribed burns
  • Facilitating the issuing of burn permits in the Cape Winelands District Municipality
  • Facilitate training to members and key role players
  • Advise members on PPE and equipment and refer them to suitable retailers
  • Facilitate cooperation and coordination between landowners with regards to IFM
  • Setting up FMUs with good leadership, and support and empower this leadership in IFM practices
  • Facilitating the setting up of sufficient communication systems with and between members
  • Assist Cape Winelands DM and landowners with Incident Command at fires as required
  • Organisation/planning of professional coordinated incident response to fires
  • Assist with the coordination of invasive alien plant clearing for best mitigation in high fire risk areas
  • Assist in the awareness of the public about wildfires

 

THE WINELANDS FPA DOES NOT

  • Provide a firefighting service although assistance at larger fires can be provided.
  • Fulfill the role of the fire brigade services.
  • Receive any income from the collection of rates levied by municipalities neither does it pay over any funds towards municipalities.
  • Get involved in structural firefighting or related issues.
  • Enforce membership to the organisation. Membership is voluntary other than for state organisations which own land or manage land for which membership is compulsory.

DISCLAIMER

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.