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SA fire-protection regulatory framework still immature, warns ASP Fire

24th May 2019 Buildings that accommodate large numbers of the public are often not designed with specific occupant characteristics in mind. Shoppers are often unfamiliar with the layout of the emergency escape paths and are unaware of sounding fire alarms and other emergency systems. Large buildings such as... 

Fire safety in buildings must integrate sprinklers with smoke control

4th April 2019 Automatic sprinklers and smoke-control ventilation systems are not incongruous. However, they must be designed explicitly with each other in mind when approaching a fire-safety system design for a building. The primary, and most important, fire-safety objective, as stated in T1.1(a), A1 of SANS... 

The role of architectural review in rational design

14th March 2019 The qualitative review under rational design includes an architectural review, fire-safety objectives, fire hazards and risks, trial fire-safety designs, and worst-case fire scenarios for analysis. For example, consultants often ignore the building roof’s geometry, and the required substitute... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 
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Record private equity investment indicative of growth potential

South African private equity recorded a considerable increase in investment activity in 2018, with the value of new investments and follow-on investments having reached a record R35.4-billion, compared with an annual average of R15.2-billion over the preceding decade, the Southern African Venture... 

AFC provides $100m for Ghana oil project

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on Tuesday announced that it had financed Aker Energy, a subsidiary of Aker ASA, by investing in $100-million of convertible bond notes. The funds will be used by Aker Energy to finance the development of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWTCTP) block, which... 
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