Councillors workshopped on disaster management 

2017-03-15 06:02
The group at the two-day disaster management and risk reduction workshop last week. Photo: makhosandile Zulu

The group at the two-day disaster management and risk reduction workshop last week. Photo: makhosandile Zulu

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THE iLembe District Municipality in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Disaster Management Centre held a two-day disaster management and risk reduction workshop with councillors last week. 

The workshop educated councillors about disaster management and risk reduction while promoting an integrated and co-ordinated approach to disaster management. 

Disaster risk manager for iLembe District Municipality Sifiso Ngubane spoke about the process ward councillors must follow in case of an emergency in their respective areas requiring the assistance of the municipality. 

Several draft resolutions were taken at the workshop and these include that municipalities must make budget provisions for disaster management, including ongoing disaster risk reduction projects and fire and rescue services.
That municipalities must employ qualified personnel in their disaster management units, and that municipalities must make provision for the installation of lightning conductors in areas that are prone to lightning strikes.
Other resolutions included in the draft are that the district and its four local municipalities should raise community awareness about climate change and fire safety, capacitate community structures so they can be used in disaster management interventions and responses.
Another resolution included in the draft is that in the case of emergencies the district municipality and local municipalities must co-ordinate relevant sector departments in terms of recovery and the rehabilitation of affected communities. 

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