Making Ekurhuleni disaster flexible is everyone’s business says mayor

By Drum Digital
13 November 2015

The City of Ekurhuleni has been declared one of the 2800 cities and towns that have joined the global campaign to make cities flexible by implementing systems that will allow them to respond to disasters effectively.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

The basics for making cities flexible include investing in and maintaining critical infrastructure that reduces risks such as flood drainage; pursuing flexible urban development and design for new infrastructures, hazard-resistant buildings, flood drainage and green areas; and ensuring effective disaster response and increase flexibility of infrastructure to cope with disaster.

The City’s Mayor Mondli Gungubele recently signed a certificate of commitment with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR).

Gungubele says that the Disaster and Management Services workers cannot be the only people responsible for dealing with disasters but the entire City have to be well-informed and involved about disaster reduction measures.

He says, "Education is the key in assisting to clarify issues because when we are knowledgeable about things, we can make informed decisions that can save lives and future generations."

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