About the Conference

South Africa, like many countries in the world, has experienced an increase in fire disasters due to a combination of factors including a growing population, mining operations, informal settlements and the occupation of unsafe buildings. The recent fire in Marshalltown, Johannesburg, which claimed over 70 lives, serves as a stark reminder of the importance of fire safety and underscores the need for fire safety strategies to avert similar catastrophes. Addressing fire safety issues is crucial for safeguarding lives, properties and the environment and will require a multi-stakeholder approach involving government departments, community leaders and NGOs.

In response to in the increasing frequency of fire disasters in South Africa, the Conference seeks to gather fire engineers, regulatory bodies, municipal leaders, and fire and emergency services leaders to discuss the latest advancements, innovations and best practices in fire system design and engineering.


ECSA: 2 CPD Points



Conference Speakers

Rudolf Opperman (Retired)

Former Technical Advisor: Architecture and national Building Regulations | National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

Zena Protcenko

Fire Engineer | Arup

Gerald Holt

Technical Director | Holt Consulting Enginners (Pty) Ltd


Sean Harper

National Survey Manager | Santam Insurance Company

Shantelle Alberts

Specialist in High Risk Environments | IFT

Prof. Richard Walls

Head of the Fire Engineering Research Unit | Stellenbosch University


Dr Niel Jordaan

Lead Technical Engineer | Hatch

Krzysztof Wolnicki

Senior Fire Engineer | Arup

Karel Roodt (PR Tech Eng)

Director | The Fire Engineer (Pty) Ltd


Riaz Ebrahim

Sales Manager | Victaulic

Riaan Furstenburg

Director and Founder | Juexin Fire Engineering

TJ Bezuidenhout

Technical Director | Curvent International


Rishaan Manilal

Head of Engineering and Technical Marketing | Hilti South Africa

Johan Olivier

Managing Director | Fire Risk Management Systems

Ruben Els

Technical Director | Riskonet


Brett Birch

Chairperson SAQCC Fire D&GS | SAQCC Fire

Dineo Ngwenya

Fire Engineer | Hatch


Benefits of Attending

The Conference Event will feature a panel of renowned experts and engineers who will share the latest developments and best practices in fire systems and design engineering

Network with professionals from diverse backgrounds including architects, urban planners, government officials, and technology providers

Engage in discussions and case studies that provide solutions to common fire safety challenges

Participate in discussions that shape fire safety policy and regulations, contributing to the development of effective standards and codes

Learn about the most recent advancements in fire detection, suppression and safety technologies

Stay updated on the evolving fire safety regulations, standards, and codes that may impact fire design and engineering practises

Conference starts in

25 - 26 April 2024

CTICC, Cape Town , South Africa


Our Event Schedule

2-Day Pass • Ex VAT

Cost per person

R 10,990  

NB: Price is in South African Rand. Price displayed exclude VAT.


Target Audience

The Conference targets participants from the following industries, among others:

Government leaders from regulatory and municipal bodies • Chief Fire Officers and Fire Engineers • Fire Consultants, Inspectors and Surveyors • Emergency Response Professionals • Advanced Fire Safety System Providers • Fire Safety Equipment Manufacturers • Associations and Authorities concerned with fire safety • Business leaders and safety professionals in high-fire-risk industries • Insurance and risk management experts • Urban Planners and Architects

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