Rationale for the National Veld and Forest Fire Act
Veldfires are natural – they have been part of life for millions of years. We use veldfire to manage grazing and habitats, and to help prevent wildfires. Wildfires are a risk to life, property and the environment. South Africa is becoming more and more vulnerable to veldfires because of urbanisation and the development of rural areas.

The purpose of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act, Act No. 101 of 1998, as amended by the National Fire Laws Amendment Act, is to prevent and combat veld, forest and mountain fires throughout South Africa. The Act applies to the open countryside beyond the urban limit and puts in place a range of requirements. It also specifies the responsibilities of land owners. The term 'owners' includes lessees, people in control of land, the executive body of a community, the manager of State land, and the chief executive officer of any local authority. Click here to see the definition in the Act. For more background on the Act, click here.

This CD
This website on CD has been compiled in order to make existing materials as widely available as possible. Because the materials are electronic, users can easily make use of existing documents and presentations, or edit and cut and paste to create their own documents and presentations. Many small improvements and corrections have been made to Version 1.0, some newer versions of documents have been included, and a few new documents have been added.

The CD brings together in one place a wide range of materials relevant to the Act:

Currency of documents
This CD was as up to date as possible when it was completed in February 2005. As the Act is implemented, over time, certain details will change, and certain documents, presentations and maps which are included here may go out of date. If you are unsure about how up to date specific parts are, please contact us.

Afrikaans material
Version 1.0 contained only English material. No systematic attempt has been made to translate any material on this CD. However, this version does include a small number of documents which were translated into Afrikaans by DWAF officials in the course of their work.

Working with file attachments on the CD
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Reader programs
If you do not have Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you can click here to install 'reader' versions of these programs. Please note that a reader program will allow you to view the file but not to edit it.

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