The SAQCC Fire Administration has now re-opened. However, no visitors will be allowed into the offices and no collections will be available. All items will be couriered Postnet to Postnet so please provide details of your closest postnet branch as has been previously requested. If you require forms, please either telephone the office on 011 455 3157 or email the relevant person, i.e. 1475 at or D&GS = and forms will be forwarded to you by email.

Small Business Development directions on implementation of provisions relating to essential services during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

COVID-19 OHS Act Measures

The Minister of Employment and Labour has issued a Direction setting out the measures that employers are required to take to prevent the transmission of COVID19 in workplaces. The Direction applies to all workplaces covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (OHSA). It does not apply to healthcare facilities, which are regulated by a Direction issued by the Minister of Health.

The Direction contains the basic measures that employers must take to prevent the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the workplace. Businesses that are re-opening must put these measures in place before restarting work. A risk assessment must be undertaken to adapt the provisions of the Direction to the requirements of individual workplaces. The Direction does not reduce the existing obligations on employers in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.

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SAQCC Fire advises that it is not in the position to interpret the Disaster management Act, its Regulations or the different levels of lock down. The main issue that the SAQCC Fire DID clear with the government is that companies rendering fire prevention services can operate as essential service providers and this can be rendered to operational premises of those clients allowed to operate under level 5 and 4.

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The SAQCC-Fire has:
  1. Established a MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) which provides assurance that, no matter who is elected to the committee, the management has a set of rules it shall follow. This ensures that the SAQCC-Fire is not an old man’s club where the rules can be changed as some person feels like it.
  2. Created a representative body (SAQCC-Fire committee), which is made up of elected Directors and Executive members. The Directors and committee members are voted in by the technicians or their representative, and their main purpose is to serve fire technicians.
    • The representative body provides technicians with access to major forums, e.g. DEL, SANS, NRCS, PER, SANAS etc. This gives technicians, and the industry in general, more say in decision making.
    • There is a full time GM. This ensures technicians have a point of contact for advice, assistance or to lay complaints.
      Note: Committee members offer their time freely without remuneration. The committee members are representative of a wide range of companies and expertise. Technicians therefore have free access to some of the top ‘fire brains’ in the country.

Recent News

  • Update on SAQCC operations during Covid-19

    The SAQCC Fire was hugely challenged since lock down to guide technicians through these strenuous times while it simultaneously had to balance the safety of its staff and still render an effective service to the competent persons.

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    SAQCC Fire approved reduced 2021 registrations fees

    The SAQCC Board of Directors has approved reduced fees for the 2021/2022 re-registration of competent persons.

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    ROAD SHOWS 2021 to be held on a virtual platform

    The SAQCC Fire management had to make a very difficult call on the 2021 road shows due to the reality that the risks of COVID will still be with us for most of 2021.

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    SAQCC Fire forging ahead to register fire occupation in national framework

    In spite of many obstacles to overcome in finalising the registration of a fire occupation in the national framework, the SAQCC Fire is persevering!

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    Update on the revision of SANS 10105 and 1475

    You are herewith notified as a stakeholder that the drafts of the revisions SANS 10105 Part 1, the use and control of fire-fighting equipment: portable and wheeled fire extinguishers and SANS 10105 Part 2, the use and control of fire-fighting equipment: hose reels and above-ground hydrants are now out for comment until 12 January 2021.

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    Separate service and pressure-test labels

    It has come to the attention of the SAQCC Fire that certain companies follow a procedure whereby their service and pressure-test labels for stored pressure extinguishers are one label.

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    Last year for CO2 mild steel extinguisher exemption

    Technicians are reminded that this was the last year whereby CO2 extinguishers stamped BS5045 only could be submitted for pressure-testing and if it passed, kept in service as per the exemption granted by the Department of Employment and Labour.

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    Reminders for technicians and trainees

    Please take note of the following ...

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    Reminders for employers

    A few items for employers to take note of.

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