become a member

Why become a Member?

Joining an FPA for private landowners is voluntary and is intended only for those who own large open tracts of land, and/or abuts a wildfire risk area. However, when weighed against the risks of uncontrolled wildfires, as well as the fact that landowners are legally required to take fire prevention steps, being part of an FPA is a sensible and practical solution to the landowner’s potentially dangerous and costly fire situation.

There are many practical advantages to joining a Fire Protection Association. It allows you to coordinate your fire prevention and firefighting efforts with other properties and agencies from your area. Joining a Fire Protection Association also holds certain legal advantages; one is the Presumption of Negligence clause listed under Section 34 of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act.

CPFPA Member Benefits:

Presumption of Negligence

A person who suffers fire losses will turn to the law of delict to prove liability. The South African law of delict engages primarily with “the circumstances in which one person can claim compensation from another for harm that has been suffered”. Delictual liability incorporates five elements, which need to be proved and these are: conduct, wrongfulness, fault (negligence), causation and harm. If a defendant (accused) is NOT a member of an FPA then the plaintiff (complainant) does not have to prove negligence. The court automatically assumes you are guilty of negligence, and it is up to you to prove the contrary. If you are a member then the plaintiff must prove all five elements.

This is a unique but valuable benefit and cost saving to FPA members as legal assistance to refute negligence is expensive.



Burning permit fees


What does it Cost?

There is a once-off joining fee (also applicable to previously terminated members) and there is an annual fee, determined by the size of the property.

How to become a member?

Complete the Member Application Form and return to the designated Ward Manager. Not sure who your Ward Manager is? Locate your Ward Manager.

Once we have received your application form, we will send you an invoice for membership fees.

Please take note that Membership Fees are not calculated pro-rata.