News flash

  • WEBSITE - Exciting news, another great benefit for FFETA members!
    With the soon to be upgraded FFETA website , a platform will be created for FFETA registered companies/members to showcase their companies’ abilities and their range of services by uploading their company details and list their services that they offer. This will not only allow prospective clients to verify company registrations but also view all FFETA members services and products that are available . FFETA members are urged to complete the questionnaire attached to the newsletter thereby giving the committee feedback on their needs and requirements for an improved website.

  • SABS
    Concerns were raised that the SABS could not test fire extinguishers as per the manufacturing specifications. FFETA planned to approach the Department of Labour (DOL) and the SABS, expressing FFETA’s concern on this matter and asking for immediate action to be taken on the current issue of units being submitted to the SABS for testing which still has not been tested However, at the meeting held on 17 November 2016, theFFETA technical chairperson tabled a communique from the SABS to confirm that it can now test extinguishers.

  • Stamped vs actual weight on CO2 extinguishers vs weight displayed on instruction label
    Mrs Liebenberg from the SABS raised the issue as it was a major occurrence on “non-conformities” when checking fire extinguishers. She said there was a huge problem on weight and the printing of instruction labels with gross weights. Many technicians appear unable to do the necessary calculations. Companies are urged that the calculations should be included in the trainee checklist.

    It has been confirmed that imported CO2 extinguishers from overseas did not go through the conformity review process as required. These units have been brought in with incorrect stampings. This information has started to filter down to the gas test stations and SANAS assessors have reported that they are coming across many of these units that do not comply with the PER requirements. The SANAS STC has submitted a proposal to DOL to deal with the stamping of BS 5045 cylinders. A directive is expected to be issued by DOL before the end of 2016 and this will be communicated to the industry.

  • KZN Annual Function
    FFETA held its annual lunch in KZN for the large number of its members based in the province at Mount Edgecombe Country Club . The Chairperson of FFETA, Lizl Davel , flew in from Cape Town to join the KZN members for this function. Long service certificates were presented and photographs taken for the magazine as well as the website to showcase our members. A survey will go out to all KZN members early in the New Year with regards to possibly holding the function in the evening rather than the afternoon.

  • News from Eastern Cape
    One of our FFETA members have reported that they have won a legal dispute against the MEIBC ( Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining council ). It has been confirmed as per judgment handed down that the MEIBC has NO jurisdiction over any Sprinkler company.

  • Gauteng Annual Function
    In line with past years, the FFETA social committee endeavoured to organize something different for the Gauteng members, and those who attend the AGM. Thus on 17 November 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner was held. Everyone dressed up and committed themselves with gusto! Pictures (much to the embarrassment of some of those present) are on the website. It was great to see everyone participate in what was such a fun event. This evening function was a huge hit and the format of an evening event following on the afternoon AGM are planned for 2017 again. Watch this space!