National Veld and Forest Fire Act No. 101 of 1998

(English text signed by the President, assented to on 19 November 1998)
(Date of commencement: 1 April 1999, unless otherwise indicated)
as amended by

National Forest and Fire Laws Amendment Act No. 12 of 2001

ACT

To reform the law on veld and forest fires; to repeal certain provisions of the Forest Act, 1984; and to provide for related matters.
ARRANGEMENT OF ACT

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS
1. Purpose
2. Interpretation

CHAPTER 2: FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATIONS
3. Formation of fire protection associations
4. Registration of fire protection associations
5. Duties of fire protection associations
6. Fire protection officers
7. Financial and other assistance
8. De-registration of fire protection associations

CHAPTER 3: FIRE DANGER RATING
9. Fire danger rating
10. Communication of fire danger rating
11. Delegation of powers and duties

CHAPTER 4: VELDFIRE PREVENTION THROUGH FIREBREAKS
12. Duty to prepare and maintain firebreaks
13. Requirements for firebreaks
14. Firebreaks on borders of Republic
15. Exemption from duty to prepare and maintain firebreaks
16. Exemption from prohibitions on damaging plants

CHAPTER 5: FIRE FIGHTING
17. Readiness for fire fighting
18. Actions to fight fires
19. Agreements for mutual assistance

CHAPTER 6: ADMINISTRATION OF ACT
20. Regulations
21. Procedure for making regulations
22. Delegation of powers and duties
23. Assignment of powers and duties

CHAPTER 7: OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
24. Penalties
25. Offences

CHAPTER 8: ENFORCEMENT
26. Implementation of this Chapter
27. Power to enter and search
28. Power to seize
29. Power to arrest

CHAPTER 9: GENERAL AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
30. Research
31. Publication of notices in media
32. Notices to owners
33. Limitation of liability
34. Presumption of negligence
35. Amendment of Act 122 of 1984
36. Savings
37. Short title
38. Commencement

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