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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20 Oct 2021

The John Perlman Show interview with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk

In conversation with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk about the Robertsham substation fire outage. Joburg south residents woke up without power this morning after the Robertsham substation caught fire. The blaze broke out on Monday night and firefighters worked for several hours to extinguish the flames.

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11 Oct 2021

Hazards and fire risk in the chemical-processing industry

A fire that broke out at the KZN Resins factory in Durban at the end of August has placed the spotlight on the extreme hazards associated with the chemical-processing industry (CPI), comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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12 Aug 2021

How to protect heritage or historic buildings from fire risk

The issue of protecting heritage structures and other buildings containing priceless artefacts or documents from fire risk came into stark focus in mid-April. A blaze originating at Table Mountain eventually swept onto the upper campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). It caused extensive damage to the African Studies Library reading room, known previously as the JW Jagger Library. Built in the 1930s, it is home to many international research collections, with an estimated 85 000 items in total.

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