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Fire can be mesmerising, and it can be deadly.  It can create new life, but it can also take life.

Our country is in the grips of a drought with parties calling for both the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape being declared disaster areas.

This raises a very important question.  When day zero hits in Cape Town what will the impact be on firefighting?  What happens is you have a fire at home and your water is cut off?

Well so far, the Western Cape government has been quiet on what provisions have been made to counter domestic or industrial fires.  They are however saying that there is no cause to panic and that firefighting crews will be fully equipped to deal with fires.  There is no doubt however that the absence of running water will cause a tremendous problem for communities, companies and domestic households.

It is up to companies to take as many preventative measures as possible.


This means:

  • Ensuring that you have a trained and well equipped on site firefighting team.
  • Did you know that South African legislation requires that 1 per 50 employees and or 2 people per building are required to be trained in basic firefighting?
  • That these employees should be equipped with the correct gear to ensure that they are effective in what they do.

Annually up to 600 South Africans lose their lives to fire every year with up to 4000 people suffering injuries.

Every employer in South Africa should keep the following fire fighting kit on site as a standard.

  • Up to date serviced fire extinguishers
  • Fire suit (for fire fighters)
  • Fire helmet
  • Firefighting gloves
  • Axe
  • Emergency torches


There are difficult times ahead for us as water becomes a very precious commodity.  It is your company’s responsibility to ensure that in the event of a fire or an emergency situation, that you have the necessary trained personnel and equipment.

Contact imperial Armour at to discuss your firefighting needs or visit our website.


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Without Farmers, Where Would we Get Food?

South African Farmers Under Siege!

Before we start getting excited about all the special offers on Black Friday, let’s take a look at a more serious day: Black Monday. On Monday 30 October thousands of farmers stood together in protest against the increased levels of brutal acts committed against farmers all over South Africa with devastating results – who is going to feed us if they’re all gone?

Shocking Statistics

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) there were 74 farm murders between April 2016 and March 2017 – 16 more than the previous year! And this does not include other brutal attacks where farmers have been robbed and viciously assaulted, often left on the brink of death. Although the motives behind these violent conflicts in isolated places range from robbery to work disputes, wage disputes and politics, the outcome is the same: our farmers are being eradicated one by one.

In Solidarity

Imperial Armour calls on the government to start paying attention to this critical problem, and to implement preventative measures. We need more proactive policing, we need them to tackle the socio-economic issues that contribute to the violence, and we need to work together to raise awareness of what is happening in our beautiful country. Let’s stand together and focus on our farmers!


Violence in Mining is Escalating Around The World!

Violent Attacks, Property Destruction and Ambushes
Did you know that some of the most dangerous professions in the world are in the mining industry? Although one might imagine that this is because of the associated risks of working underground or with dangerous explosives – that is only part of it. There are brutal armed conflicts raging through mines across the globe.

Why Mining is a Dangerous Industry
This devastating violence in the mining industry is happening for three main reasons: poverty, human rights violations and political instability. Countries in Latin America and Africa are particularly prone to it: statistics show that as many as 15 countries in Latin America alone are in constant conflict because of the industry.

Escalating Brutality
Last year a Bolivian politician was detained, tortured and beaten to death by bandits that are running wild. Two experts working on a United Nations report dealing with the violence in mining were kidnapped and killed in March this year while working in the DRC. In Ghana the ongoing competition between unregulated ‘artisanal’ miners and mining companies is resulting in enduring violent conflict. Some mines have even been completely taken over by rebel miners.

Investing in Safety is Not Optional
Although there is not much that mining companies can do about solving the social ills of the world, they can invest in keeping their guards safer with protective gear from Imperial Armour. The comprehensive range can be explored here.



Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘A riot is the language of the unheard’. But the famous activist also said they should be avoided, because they are self-defeating and socially destructive. This is evidenced by the escalating violent protests sweeping through South Africa, especially in recent weeks. At Imperial Armour we have noticed an increase in sales due to security officers and SAPS requiring protection.

Violence in our Backyards
Public violence is breaking out on university grounds and government buildings – municipal buildings and schools are targeted. Even home evictions are taking place where foreign nationals have resorted to leaving their homes in fear of being attacked. This is happening more and more often in local areas like Mariannhill, Richmond Road, Cato Manor and Chesterville.

Wherever There is a Problem – There is a Riot
A riot is defined as a violent disturbance of peace by a crowd during protest action, but some protesters believe it is the only way they can be heard. Both statements are true. There is little we can do to stop the violence, BUT there is a lot we can do to protect the individuals who are tasked to go into these areas to control the public violence.

Imperial Armour supplies full protective gear to those who need protection. Our range can be viewed on

Keep safe from Farm Attacks

Farmers are the foundation on which our country survives, on which our population eats. Yet farmers are under siege with the first two months of the year being declared the bloodiest yet experienced, with more than 30 farm attacks being committed in the month of February alone.

One of the main reasons why farmers are targets is that farms tend to be isolated where police services are far away, contain elderly people and often have weapons stored on site.

What is shockingly becoming associated with farm attacks is the increased level of brutality attached to these attacks. Whether this is politically motivated or not, the fact remains is that farmers have become an increased target with far increased levels of serious assault and murder.

In South Africa the general murder ratio for the population was 34 people per 100 000 in 2015/2016. For the police segment this figure increased to 51 policeman per 100 000 people. Shockingly the statistic for farmers is the highest yet – 97 farmers per 100 000 farmers.

Imperial Armour has elected to declare April to be the Focus on the farmer month. Louisa Garland, Managing Member of Imperial Armour, is committed to offering support and assistance to this critical sector of our community. “The safety of our farmers is critical to the success of our country. To feeding our population and to achieving the type of growth that we need as a nation.” says Garland.

Imperial Armour has designed and launched a specific jacket which is designed exclusively for the Farmer. The bullet proof jacket is quilted throughout and is warm and comfortable to wear, in addition to being water resistant. The company has not compromised on quality as the lives of our Farmers are integral to the Survival of our nation. This multi-purpose jacket provides our farmers with a high level of protection.

At Imperial Armour we acknowledge that the problem of farm attacks is not going to go away easily. That farmers remain a vulnerable segment of the population. As a company we can only add our voice to the call for more proactive policing and urge government to tackle this issue as a critical matter which needs to be addressed at the highest level.

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Giving back to the Community

In South Africa, there are over 9,000 guarding companies plus many more community police forums and more than a 1000 neighbour watches.  Currently, there are over 150 000 active police officers on duty with the number of registered Security guards topping 2 million.

Every day these brave officers and security guards risking their lives to keep us safe in our homes, at our work, on the streets.

Accordingly to the 2015 crime statistics every day in South Africa 49 people are murdered and an additional 48 people are victims of attempted murder.

Imperial Armour has declared 2017 as the year to give back to our community forums.   These people who voluntarily risk their lives to keep us safe.  Many of whom cannot afford to wear body Armour!

Special pricing is given to community forum and at Imperial Armour, we really strive to keep our pricing low. To view our specials please see the following link (Community Specials)

Once we have assessed your threat level we can provide pricing for the appropriate armour and gear that you should keep with you on your patrols.

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