DMISA holds second two-day Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) webinar: Stronger together
The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) held a two-day Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) webinar on Wednesday, 10 and Thursday 11 November 2021. The webinar was themed ‘Stronger together, coordination, cooperation and partnership in disaster risk reduction and DMISA Deputy President, Owen Becker, welcomed participants and presenters followed by the traditional moment of silence, after sharing the recent international disasters. The webinar’s Platinum Partner was DiMTEC, University of the Free State.
The National Disaster Management Centre’s Ané Bruwer chaired the first session and Prof Andries Jordaan of Resilience Globale facilitated the discussion on the update on the review of the National Disaster Management Framework. Delegates provided comment on the amendment to the Framework and Prof Jordaan circulated surveys to the delegates to enable feedback.
Session 2 focused on ‘Green lights and sirens - A good practice guide’ and was facilitated by DMISA’s Shadi Tsebe, with panel members: Peter Daniels, PrDM of DMISA, Roderique Daniels of Cape Town Traffic Services and Jurgens Dyssel of the NDMC.
Session 3 focused on ‘The Disaster Management badge - A good practice guide’ with DMISA’s Dr Johan Minnie as facilitator and panel members Rebone Tau of the NDMC and Marcel van Rossum of National Herald
Day two of the webinar saw DMISA president, Dr M Nxumalo, start the programme with a warm welcome and the traditional moment of silence. Programme director, DMISA’s Lebogang Mosotho, chaired the session with DMISA’s Dr Johan Minnie discussing ‘Coordination, cooperation and partnership’. Dr Minnie reviewed the key messages from IDDR Day and the Sendai Seven campaign. Dr Minnie then review the webinar’s theme, Stronger together: coordination, cooperation and partnership in disaster risk reduction and how the three spheres come together as an intersection of purpose. He also mentioned the recently legislated Municipal Staff Regulations.
Ané Bruwer of the NDMC provided an update on behalf of Dr Mmaphaka Tau. Bruwer shared the strategic goal and outcome of the function and the strategic pillars underscoring the function. She provided feedback on the delivery on KPA1 Integrated institutional capacity, KPA2 Disaster Risk Management, KPA 3 Disaster risk reduction, KPA4 Response and recovery as well as delivery on Enabler 1 Information management and communication and Enabler 2 Education, training, awareness and research. Included in her presentation was ‘Delivery on fire services’ and key strategic actions going forward. Bruwer provided the Disaster Management Contingency Plan for 2021-2022 and the anticipated hazards ie floods, windstorms, drought and veld and structural fires. She discussed the drought and water scarcity conditions and said that a Classification of drought as a national disaster was currently in place. Bruwer also shared the response and interventions to the Tropical Storm Eloise disaster.
Other presentations included the South African Weather Service’s Mnikeli Ndabambi who discussed ‘Partnerships in early warning’ while Tshepo Motlale of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) provided an overview of SALGA’s mandate and strategies and shared the progress on the 2021-2022 AOP and the key findings of the structured interviews on disaster risk management, the supporting municipalities’ action plans and SALGA’s recommendations.
Prof Andries Jordaan of Resilience Globale provided a report back on investigation of coordination first eight months of COVID-19 in South Africa, Dr Alice Ncube of UFS DiMTEC discussed ‘What and how after the COVID-19 deluge: Picking up the pieces and enhancing resilience towards Agenda 2030’, Geoff Laskey of GLRRcc presented on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction: Stronger Together’, Dr Johannes Belle of UFS DiMTEC shared ‘An Evaluation of the enabling environment for Risk Informed Development in South Africa’, Francis Hoets of DMS NPO discussed ‘A reflection of the foundational elements required for DRM Cooperation: Legislative requirements vs practical realities’ and Prof Dewald van Niekerk of the African Centre for Disaster Studies at North West University (ACDS NWU) shared his presentation on ‘Matrix 2.0: Implementing the AU Plan of Action for the SFDRR in Africa 2021-2025.
The next edition of DMISA’s Disaster Management Journal will provide an indepth overview of the presentations and way forward.
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