SUPPORT the #firefighters battling the Overberg Fires  



Due to the current circumstances surrounding the #COVID19 outbreak, and the national lockdown soon to be in effect, the Overberg District Municipality Fire Department will have to prioritise the services it renders in order to protect their own personnel and you, the public.

For this reason, additional services, such as inspections for burning permits, will be temporarily placed on hold. For those landowners who are currently in possession of a valid burning permit, the status quo procedure to burn remains: Please contact the ODM control room and provide them with your permit number before commencing with the burn.

Any landowner needing a new burning permit MUST submit their application prior to the close of business on Wednesday the 25th of March. However, should your application require an inspection for the permit to be issued, the application will only be processed when national circumstances allow.

For those in the Overstrand Municipality Responsible area: No burning will be allowed during the #lockdown

Please note that the goFPA team will still be working, albeit remotely, and we are ready and available to assist as best we can.

Belangrike Kennisgewing

In die huidige omstandighede met die uitbreking van Covid-19 en die nasionale staat van inperking wat binnekort begin, moet die Overberg Distriksbrandweerdiens die dienste wat dit lewer, prioritiseer om sy eie personeel en jou, die publiek, te beskerm.

Om hierdie rede sal addisionele dienste, soos inspeksies vir brandpermitte, tydelik opgeskort word. Die bestaande prosedure vir beheerde brande geld steeds vir grondeienaars wat tans ’n geldige brandpermit het: Kontak asseblief die ODM-beheerkamer en verskaf jou permitnommer voor jy begin.

Enige grondeienaar wat ’n nuwe brandpermit benodig, moet sy aansoek voor sakesluitingstyd op Woensdag 25 Maart inhandig. Indien jou permitaansoek egter ’n inspeksie vereis voor die permit uitgereik kan word, sal die aansoek slegs verwerk word wanneer die land se omstandighede dit toelaat.

Vir grondeienaars in die Overstrand Verantwoordelikheids gebied: geen beheerde brande sal toegelaat word tydens die inperking nie.

Let asseblief op dat die goFPA-span steeds aanhou werk, hoewel dit op afstand is. Ons is gereed en beskikbaar om te help tot die beste van ons vermoëns.

Why we support controlled burns

For the goFPA, controlled burns that are undertaken responsibly are an essential part of good integrated fire management – not only to reduce invasive alien spread and fuel loads, but also as a tool to manage fynbos. Fynbos is a fire-prone vegetation, and it therefore needs to burn every 10 to 20 years (depending on the type of fynbos).

If you live in the Bredasdorp, Caledon, Swellendam, Villiersdorp, Grabouw &
Vyeboom area, use this burn permit.

Please return forms to
or call 028 425 1690

If you live in the Overstrand region,
please use this burn permit.

Please return forms to or call 028 313 8980

Some rules around controlled burns

  • Permits are issued for different lengths of time depending on the time of year and the type of burn (stubble lands, ecological, rubbish heap, etc.). Please inquire at your local fire station for more information.
  • The Fire Brigade does an inspection before issuing the permit. The Overstrand Municipality currently charges a consultation fee for this.
  • You may not burn on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.
  • You may only burn on a Friday or day before a public holiday with special permission from the Fire Brigade.
  • You may not burn on an Orange or Red (Fire Danger Index) day.
  • You are bound by the personnel and equipment numbers as on the application.
  • You must inform your neighbours and/or other authorities 2 weeks prior to the burn and again daily before burning starts.
  • You must inform the control centre or local fire station daily before burning starts.
  • All fires have to be extinguished before 16:30 daily.
  • Patrol the area until the burnt area is cold.
  • You are responsible for the burn and its consequences.

Do you have renosterveld on your property?

Renosterveld is critically endangered, and forms a vital part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fire management is also crucial in renosterveld. So we’ve partnered with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, to compile some golden rules for ecological prescribed burns in renosterveld.

Visit: Email: 

Tel. Dr Odette Curtis: 083 551 3341


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