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2 April 2020 Working from home, but did you switch off the lights at the office?
If your office building is in lockdown because your staff are working remotely from home, did you remember to turn off the lights? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk advises office and building managers to ensure that...
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17 March 2020 Maintaining the health of hospitals when it comes to fire risk
The fire risk faced by hospitals was revealed dramatically when the theatre section of the Mitchells Plain Day Hospital in Cape Town was gutted by fire on Friday 13 September 2019. Earlier in May 2019, patients from...
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25 February 2020 ASP Fire assists architects to make modern buildings safe
It is critical for modern buildings to have the necessary fire detection and protection systems in order to comply fully with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977),...
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13 February 2020 Managing the fire risk of transformer explosions at substations
One of the largest and busiest airports in Africa, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, was plunged into temporary darkness on Sunday 12 December after a transformer at a substation in Kempton caught fire. While...
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27 November 2019 Fire-protection systems are essential for high-value mining assets
It is essential to undertake pre-shift and weekly inspections on mining vehicles that operate in demanding environments to ensure that the fire system is in working order. This is because mining vehicles such as...
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8 October 2019 Converting older buildings into housing is a hot topic for fire safety
The City of Johannesburg has announced an ambitious plan to convert 500 dilapidated buildings into affordable accommodation over a two-year period to stem a critical housing shortage. However, repurposing or...
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12 September 2019 Businesses that ignore fire safety likely to have the heat turned up
Businesses that experience significant damage due to fire – such as the loss of warehousing space, equipment, or stockholding – struggle to regain their competitive advantage. This is why it is critical for all...
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30 August 2019 CCFM interview with ASP-Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discussing fire prevention
A discussion about the fire that broke out at the University of Stellenbosch residence, here to unpack the incidence is ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk, also known as the fire safety expert. Michael says the fire...
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16 August 2019 Student accommodation calls for more stringent fire-safety measures
Fire-safety requirements for student accommodation are by nature more onerous than other building types. This warning from ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk comes in the wake of the fire that gutted the iconic Huis...
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12 August 2019 ASP Fire ensures container homes comply with fire-safety regulations
Repurposing shipping containers for residential dwellings is a new trend in Cape Town. However, it is important to note that so-called container homes still need to comply with all building and fire-safety...
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