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Thatch-roofed structures face increasing insurance challenges due to fire risk

14th May 2024 Insurance companies are increasingly leery to insure thatch-roofed structures, says ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The danger posed by thatch in terms of fire risk was starkly illustrated recently when the Radisson Hotel in Hoedspruit was struck by lightning. “The only factor preventing a... 

Fire risks posed by lithium-ion batteries

10th May 2024 Amid the increasing popularity of renewable-energy systems, including solar and battery energy storage systems, fire engineering consultant and manufacturer ASP Fire asserts that lithium-ion batteries pose unique fire hazards owing to their flammable electrolytes. The company says that unlike... 

A rational design for fire-safety purposes is not just a tick box exercise

30th April 2024 As building regulations evolve and safety standards are updated, the importance of consulting an expert for a proper rational design in fire protection is increasingly vital. ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk highlights the fifth edition of SANS 10400 Part T, released in February this year,... 

Spate of Joburg building fires calls for proactive fire-safety planning

19th February 2024 The most recent incident of a fire breaking out in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) in the early hours of Saturday morning on 3 February highlights the importance of the rational design of performance-based fire-safety systems for residential buildings in particular, according to... 
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CEF's Sapref refinery purchase raises clean-up concern

South Africa’s purchase of the nation’s largest refinery from Shell and BP for a symbolic R1 will transfer the environmental liability of the site to the government, according to a local advocacy group. The state-owned Central Energy Fund, which manages South African energy assets, agreed to buy... 
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