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Title:Disaster risk management in South Africa: the function and the activity: towards an integrated approach
Author:Van Niekerk, DewaldISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Volume:25
Issue:2
Pages:95-115
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:disasters
government policy
legislation
Abstract:Disaster management as an activity of all spheres of government relates to an integrated, multisectoral, multidisciplinary approach aimed at reducing the risk associated with hazards and vulnerability. Disaster risk management, therefore, needs to become an integral part of the development planning process in order to be successful. For this reason, disaster risk management plans in South Africa form an implicit part of the Integrated Development Plans (IDP) of each municipality. The author considers the development of disaster risk management in South Africa and its integration in public sector activities and planning through the Disaster Management Act (57 of 2002). He also discusses the incorporation of a disaster risk management plan into local government activities and the structures established by the Disaster Management Act. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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