A conference to remember

What took place at during the official opening ceremony of SAESI 2015?

Day four of the biggest emergency management services (EMS) event in Africa, SAESI 2015, saw the opening of the 30th biennial conference, where delegates and speakers alike gathered to discuss ways in which to build resilient communities in South Africa.On Wednesday, 4 November, the SAESI 2015 conference began with an opening ceremony which saw the past president, Ofentse Masibi, handover his official presidential chain to the new president, Dino Padayachee.Also handed out at the opening ceremony where long-service awards, sports awards, and student awards to various high-achieving SAESI members. The full list of winners is as follows:What took place at during the official opening ceremony of SAESI 2015Fellow awards

• M Ramlall
• N Birjalal

Life Membership award

• Col. F Oberholzer
• M Te Water

NJL Swanepoel award

• JD Croucamp
• MP Mosia

40 Year Continued Membership awards

• AE Cloete
• MW Pretorius
• VM Smith
• DH Wilds

30 Year Continued Membership awards

• ON Abdul
• S Abrahams
• AK Appolos
• AJ Benson
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• P Brecker
• D Damons
• DF Esau
• J Johnstone
• CB Jones
• PL Jordaan
• D Locker
• DN Naidoo
• M Ohlson
• S Oosthuizen
• S Prinsloo
• TM Ruele
• MJ Sejesho
• D Snyman
• RP Tshabadira
• NF Tsitsi
• CJA Van Der Merwe
• N Williams

20 Year Continued Membership awards

• FM Rametsi
• MS Barendse
• W Herman
• L Hodges
• M Jacobs
• AM Meleni
• JFH Burger
• AL Powrie
• SR Riddle
• L Agulhas
• G Halls
• R Erasmus
• D Hill
• MR Isaacs
• AB Tule
• KL Ngoepe
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• MP Mushwana
• CG Boshoff
• G van den Berg
• BM Senokoane
• MN Masibi
• RG Mokgofa
• AM Dalais
• AP Odendaal
• G Nel
• GR Fouche
• JC Appies
• CJS Emmenis
• MN Mathebule
• OSS Kobue
• J Ahmed
• L Mateki
• NA du Toit
• MR Ngubane
• E Muthwa
• C Pieterse
• CJ van Reenen
• FJ Steyn
• S Lupondo
• H Davy
• W Josias
• GF Burger
• FM Ndlangisa
• L Smith
• W Laufs
• D du Preez

10 Year Continued Membership awards

• JT Hhlalele
• FM Rametsi
• MC Adonis
• MS Barendse
• W Herman
• L Hodges
• M Jacobs
• AM Meleni
• JFH Burger
• AL Powrie
• SR Riddle
• L Agulhas
• G Halls
• R Erasmus
• D Hill
• T Sumner
• D Willemse
• K Grace
• NM Bakano
• JBL Carlse
• EM Rhoda
• N Thomas
• MR Isaacs
• AB Tule
• KL Ngoepe
• FJT Bezuidenhout
• MC Msinge
• A Kuhn
• ME Sesinyi
• NF Lesejane
• ET Moeketsi
• TT Seanego
• MP Mushwana
• CG Boshoff
• TP Khumalo
• MM Puane
• DF Tlou
• G van den Berg
• NF Tsitsi
• BM Senokoane
• MN Masibi
• RG Mokgofa
• ES Nkosi
• KE Mingeni
• AM Dalais
• B Ntsingila
• TSW Mthembu
• S Hoflani
• Z Franks
• GM van der Westhuizen
• SS Shabalala
• AP Odendaal
• G Nel
• GR Fouche
• JC Appies
• CJS Emmenis
• TN Mushupi
• GS Seyffert
• MN Mathebule
• OSS Kobue
• I Ahmed
• D Mlilo
• TE Mkalipi
• PT Sathekge
• MN Mathebule
• ST Mbatha
• ML Mafisa
• L Mateki
• NA du Toit
• MR Ngubane
• E Muthwa
• C Pieterse
• CJ van Reenen
• I Munro
• M Nelani
• GS Badenhorst
• J Runba
• M Stockigt
• S Kiva
• CJ Titus
• BE Roberts

Other awards

• FM Rametsi
• MN Mathebule
• AP Odendaal
• OR Pule
• BK Mokwena
• LG Makuya
• S Merryweather
• PM Khumalo
• SY Mciwa
• NF Morukhu
• S Knoetze
• P de Villiers
• BJ Sekwana
• KD Phaka
• BK Mokwena

Other highlights included the handing over of a cheque for R70 000 to Overstrand Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management, from Rosenbauer, as well as a cheque for Burns 4 Burns for R10 000, also from Rosenbauer.

The conference’s keynote speakers, Stuart Ellis of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), and Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, both gave rousing speeches about the importance of making the most vulnerable citizens of a country resilient and strong. Ellis said, “It was a privilege and a pleasure to attend the SAESI Conference. I was impressed by the combination of conference and other training events, which provided a good opportunity for many people to become involved. The exhibition was impressive and the overall conference experience was very worthwhile.”

After the opening ceremony was concluded, the president opened the exhibition.

For a full gallery of conference and awards visit Fire Online.

After the conference… A message from the board

After the conference, SAESI’s board looks at changes within the Institute and moving into the future.

For nearly two years, a team of dedicated men and woman planned an event known as the Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) 2015 conference, exhibition and training events, with the theme of ‘Building resilient communities’.SAESI 2015 EXCO18
All the excitement built up to Sunday, 1 November 2015 when South Africa’s emergency management services (EMS) personnel set a world record by pulling a 19 tonne, fully-loaded fire truck for 1,5km up a gradient of 2,109%, verified by Power Construction. A fun run/walk followed, and the evening ended with the registration of the teams participating in the different events over the course of the week.

The programmes on Monday and Tuesday were filled with the executive committee (EXCO) members meeting with international delegates. At the EXCO meeting on Tuesday, SAESI’s vice president, Melvin Ramlall, presented the new SAESI working group structure to EXCO members. This structure was unanimously approved by all members present. This means that the seven standing committees of the Institute have been re-aligned into four working groups. These working groups are:

  • The Moderation and Accreditation working group;
  • The Legal, Technical, Research and Development working group;
  • The Events, Media and Marketing working group; and
  • The Administration working group.

All the members of the previous seven standing committees have been absorbed into these working groups and these working groups will be responsible for the execution of SAESI’s day-to-day activities. All the positions within the working groups will be open for elections during the annual general meeting (AGM) to be held in 2017.

The question to be answered is: What does it mean to the members of the Institute, and what benefit does it holds for them?

With a more streamlined structure, decisions can be taken faster. Relevant activities, like marketing, sport events and media, are now coordinated by one working group. If we can use the sport activities of SAESI as an example, we will now have one working group dealing with the organisation of the sport event, the marketing of the event, and handling the media coverage of the event.

The first meeting between the coordinators of these working groups took place on 7-8 December 2015 at the Flamingo Casino. At this meeting, the finer details and working relationship between the working groups were finalised.

With the registration of SAESI as a professional body, we expect to see growth in the Institute as we never experienced before. More than 50% of all firefighters in South Africa, professional and voluntary, are not yet members of the Institute. As SAESI is the only recognised institute for the EMS in southern Africa, we need to have all firefighters and other emergency services personnel as members.

SA’s toughest EMS personnel pull out all the stops at SAESI 2015

The 30th biennial Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) 2015 conference, exhibition and training events is Africa’s biggest emergency management services (EMS) event and, in true South African style, the training events saw teams from all over the country come together to compete, to learn, and to show the industry what they’ve got!The prize giving, which took place on 6 November, the final day of SAESI 2015, saw top honours awarded to the teams and individuals that performed best. Below are the results of the SA Emergency Care Firefighter rescue challenge, the MSA high angle, rope access and hoist system challenge, the Holmatro vehicle extrication challenge, and the STAT EMS challenge.

Holmatro Extrication Challenge:

1 st Place Over all TNT Joburg
2nd Place Over all Destroyers
3rd Place Over all Mangaung TNT


Best Medic TNT Joburg
Best Technical Team Destroyers
Best Incident Commander TNT Joburg

STAT EMS Challenge:


1 st Place Over all Cape Town TumourNaters #1
2nd Place Over all Amabhubesi


1 st Place Over all Metro EMS
2nd Place Over all Cape Town Tumour-Naters

MSA High Angle Challenge:

1 st Place Over all Knotty Boys
2nd Place Over all NYC
3rd Place Over all DUT
Best Medic Knotty Boys
Best Rigger Rigger 2 WRDM #1
Best Incident Commander Knotty Boys

SA Emergency Care Scott Safety Firefighter Rescue (Teams)

SAEC Teams

SA Emergency Care Scott safety Firefighter Rescue Challenge Individual

No: Name: Time:
1 Emile Conrad 2:14
2 Ryan Abrahams 2:15
3 Arnold Van Lill 2:24
4 Patrick Magqibisa 2:29
5 Conzy perrinse 2:30
6 Morne Moolman 2:31
7 Bertus Vermeulen 2:35
8 Lucan Wentzel 2:36
9 Henco Swart 2:37
10 Tertius Engelbrecht 2:39
10 Frans Engelbrecht 2:39
11 Thomas Mudzuli 2:44
12 Edwin Lottering 2:45
13 Nico Gouws 2:46
14 Richard Flowerday 2:47
14 Simiso Gumede 2:47
15 Daniel Fortuin 2:51
16 Xolane Zwane 2:56
17 Dean Stoffels 2:57
18 Jwara Philani 2:59
18 Jaco Stander 2:59
19 Eugene Williams 3:00
20 Duane Grantham 3:04
20 Cele Sizwe 3:04
21 Themba Shandu 3:08
22 Martin Mogatle 3:15
22 Lorenzo Johannes 3:15
23 Mduduzi Vilane 3:28
24 Gerhard Schlebush 3:29
25 Jabulani Ngoveni 3:32
26 Sharlton Cloete 3:33
27 Marco Van Vuuren 3:40
28 Anthony Prinsloo 3:44
29 Nhlanhla Mohhamme 3:45
30 Ikaheng Monmakgotla Joseph 3:50
31 Russel Hoskins 3:52
32 Glen Bellingham 3:55
33 Chey McDonald 3:56
34 Theobold Tshilidzi 4:03
35 Phaahla Sebake 4:04
36 Victor Ngwane 4:16
37 Joyce Bhaza 5:20
38 Andrew Mamafha 5:29
39 Enie Molatsedi 5:46


SA Emergency care Scott Safety Firefighter Rescue Challenge Individual (Seniors)

No: Name: Time:
1 Rudi Van Der Berg 2:27
2 Freddie Morukhu 2:53
2 Thabami Mgumbeza 2:53
3 Delani Nkontwana 3:18
4 Branville Abrahams 3:30
5 Justin Carolissen 3:36
6 Sam Zitha 3:37
7 Kasim Bayisa 3:44
8 Russel Van Deventer 3:48
9 Lucky Myeza 3:50
10 Andrew Holmes 4:03
11 Shakes Jele 4:45
12 Zwedi Khanuka 4:59
13 Joseph Mphilo 5:13
14 Petrus Motswiri 6:04
15 Lindokuhle Zungu 6:36

SAESI 2015: going out with a bang!

The final day of Africa’s biggest emergency management services (EMS) event, SAESI 2015, dawned bright and clear, with training event teams giving it their all one last time.

On Friday, 6 November, the final day of SAESI’S 30th biennial conference, exhibition and training events, teams geared up for the final day of challenges and then attended the prize-giving, during which awards were given to the top three teams in each event, the assessors, and various other winners.

SAESI 004assessors TeamCPT SAESI2015

The week’s biggest winners were Cape Town – various teams took home prizes in many different categories. A full list of winners will be published in the Jan/Feb edition of F.I.R.E Africa.


School children from the surrounding areas were invited to learn about fire safety in an event organised by PIER (Public information, education, and relations). The kids were treated to demonstrations and talks on safety, as well as a walkthrough the exhibition, where exhibitors explained to them how the fire engines, machinery, equipment, and supplies worked.


A full account of the week’s events, including a full list of prize winners, will be published in the Jan/Feb edition of F.I.R.E Africa.