White Paper on Fire Services approved by Cabinet
South Africa’s Draft White Paper on Fire Services was approved by Cabinet on 27 May 2020. In their statement, Cabinet stated that “the White Paper outlines key policy proposals that will form the basis of the fire services legislation that will replace the current Fire Brigade Services Act, 1987 (Act 99 of 1987). It outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the national and provincial spheres of government in supporting municipalities. To ensure that this service is constantly aligned to the modern ways of managing fire disasters, it proposes research and data collection capacity. In general, it also seeks to align it with other legislations passed post 1994 and which relate to local government. A wide consultation with all the relevant stakeholders and general public has been undertaken.”
So we asked Dr Moses Khangale, Director: National Fire Services, ‘What next?’ Dr Khangale responded stating that the Department will be gazetting the White Paper on Fire Services in the Government Gazette. “The Department will develop an implementation plan, which will outline the modalities of implementing the White Paper. The Department will also start working with the Office of the Chief State Law Adviser to prepare the Draft Bill on Fire Services,” said Dr Khangale.
Once the White Paper has been gazetted, we will share the link to the gazetted version with our readers.
Extension of the National State of Disaster
Cabinet approved the extension of the National State of Disaster by another month from 15 June to 15 July 2020 on Thursday, 4 June 2020. The law allows for the National State of Disaster to last for 90 days only, which necessitated the extension.
COVID-19 Resources page
Our FRI COVID-19 Resources page is updated weekly for the benefit of our readers. We endeavour to provide all relevant information available on a single platform and save you the time of searching for documents and links.
New downloads in the folder this week:
Statement from the South African Paediatric Critical Care working group: Paediatric critical care management of COVID-19 infected children (suspected or proven)
Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in certain workplaces, 4 Jun 2020
Quote of the week
“Over the coming weeks, as we watch the coronavirus infections continue to rise, we must remember that we are not helpless. And we should remember one simple but fundamental, message: Don’t be alarmed. Be prepared.” ~ Pres Cyril Ramaphosa
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