SUPPORT the #firefighters battling the Overberg Fires  



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

For this reason, some additional services are temporarily on hold. For those landowners who are currently in possession of a valid burning permit, or applying for a 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 can submit their application now. However, if you need assistance from the Overberg Fire Department to conduct your burn, then your burn permit will not be approved at this time.

Please note that the goFPA team are still working during lockdown, 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 onderweg is, moet die Overberg Distriksbrandweerdiens die dienste wat dit lewer, prioritiseer om sy eie personeel en jou, die publiek, te beskerm.

Om hierdie rede is verskeie addisionele dienste tydelik opgeskort. Die bestaande prosedure vir beheerde brande geld steeds vir grondeienaars wat tans ’n geldige brandpermit het of vir ‘n brandpermit aansoek doen: Kontak asseblief die ODM-beheerkamer en verskaf jou permitnommer voor jy begin.

Enige grondeienaar wat ’n nuwe brandpermit benodig, kan nou aansoek doen. Indien jou permitaansoek egter ondersteuning van die Overberg Distriksbrandweerdiens vereis, sal die aansoek nie goedgekeur word nie.

Let asseblief op dat die goFPA-span steeds aanhou werk. 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 your farm/company is located in this map area, you are part of the Overstrand area of responsibility. If your farm/company falls outside of this map, you are part of the Overberg area of responsibility.


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 declared in 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


LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

At EVERY fire you participate in fighting, PLEASE bear this acronym in mind: LCES. It’ll help you to stay safe. It’s one of the most important defence strategies against an unpredictable wildfire. LCES must be updated and amended as the fire’s behaviour and movements change.

Grain farmers: Be extra vigilant against wildfires in 2020

Grain farmers: Be extra vigilant against wildfires in 2020

Overberg grain farmers face huge potential economic losses should a wildfire pass through their farm before their grain is harvested. Fires on grainlands burn notoriously quickly and, given the way they burn, they can create several lines that can trap those




+27 (0) 28 425 1690


You can get involved by providing goods to energise our fire-fighters. Here’s a list of non-perishable items you can drop off – that help sustain our fire-fighters working hard to protect our homes and nature


Donations are made through the secure PayFast system.




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