04 Aug 2022

Is your genset primed to switch on when the lights go off?

A back-up power supply such as a genset is critical to reduce overall electricity demand during loadshedding. However, it is vital that such important equipment is maintained properly and serviced regularly to be able to cope with such outages.

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25 Jul 2022

Beware of fire safety when going off-grid with a container home

Container homes are built from shipping containers used for freight in ships, trains, and trucks. They are quick to install, easy to transport, and cost-effective. This not only offers a novel alternative to traditional construction techniques but is also compatible with off-grid solutions like solar power and rainwater harvesting systems.

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28 Jun 2022

Dealing with fire risk in a mining environment

Mining vehicles such as excavators, haul trucks and even drag lines are high-value assets that operate in arduous conditions where there is a high fire risk. This means that pre-shift and weekly inspections on mining vehicles are essential to ensure that the fire prevention system is in good working order.

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06 May 2022

ASP Fire offers specialised services for the agri and food processing industries

With Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day taking place from 16 to 20 May, fire engineering specialist ASP Fire is highlighting its specialised expertise in the agri and food processing industries. “We install the best systems possible and ensure compliance with national and international fire safety standards. This includes sign-off from insurance companies and local authorities to safeguard people and property. In creating a bespoke system for any new or operational businesses, we look at each risk area and ask what it is we need to do to mitigate this particular risk,” explains ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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07 Mar 2022

ASP Fire turns up the heat on gender diversity and inclusivity

ASP Fire has made great progress in empowering women and providing opportunities in the male-dominated field that is engineering consulting. This is according to Fire Engineer Nanzi Bika, who specialises in consulting and projects.

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28 Feb 2022

Students return to campus, but is their accommodation still safe?

The issue of fire-safety requirements for student accommodation is again being highlighted now that university students are slowly returning to campuses as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. “Fire-safety requirements for student accommodation are by nature more onerous than other building types,” comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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02 Feb 2022

Cape Talk Interview with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk

Interview with Michael van Niekerk, CEO of ASP fire risk consulting about the fire at Parliament .

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20 Jan 2022

Houses of Parliament blaze highlights need for fire protection for heritage buildings

The fire that broke out at the Houses of Parliament in central Cape Town on 2 January has again raised the issue of protecting heritage structures and other buildings containing priceless artefacts or documents from fire risk. The fire is believed to have started on the third floor of the National Council of Provinces building before spreading to the office space and gymnasium and then the National Assembly building, which was completely gutted.

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06 Dec 2021

How to ensure your Festive Season is not a fiery one

With the Festive Season almost upon us, homeowners are urged to ensure that basic fire-risk mitigation measures are in place if they are going away on holiday, highlights ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The situation is also compounded by the current spate of load-shedding instituted by electricity utility Eskom.

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19 Nov 2021

SAFM Interview with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk

ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk joins the show to discuss how to keep safe during load shedding. Load shedding poses a significant fire safety risk. van Niekerk urges all homeowners to put basic fire-risk mitigation measures in place as a result in order to protect both their families and properties.

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