Details on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 will be announced shortly
The Annual Conference of the Institute is the biggest annual Disaster Management Conference in Africa and routinely attracts more than 300 delegates. The Institute is recognized as the mouthpiece of the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa.
The conference provides an annual opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience.
Further information on the 2019 conference will be announced soon.
Disaster Risk Reduction 2018
Mobilising Future Ready Resilience
Sustainably reducing disaster risk and disaster impact, today and tomorrow
DRR 2018 focused on reducing direct disaster economic losses, aligning with the UNISDR Sendai 7 Campaign’s 2018 Target 3 priority. DRR 2018 (19-20 September 2018) was proudly presented by the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA), co-hosted with the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and supported by the South African National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), the SA Weather Service and the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre. The 2018 conference was held at the aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre, Benoni, in the region of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa.
Disaster Risk Reduction 2017
Back to Basics Through Resilience Design and Innovation: Purpose in Action
Conference Resolutions 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA): CONFERENCE 2017
27 – 28 SEPTEMBER 2017: COEGA VULINDLELA ACCOMMODATION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE,
|SPEAKER||TITLE OF PAPER||PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION
|1||Mrs. Olga Dipuo Molaudzi||Remote sensing of fuel moisture content for fire danger forecasting||To request The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote the integration of geospatial techniques into disaster (fire) risk assessments.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that geospatial techniques are integrated into disaster (fire) risk assessments.
|It is important to integrate Geospatial technology into fire risk assessment as it aids in identifying the spatial and temporal patterns of fire danger in a recurrent and consistent manner, and provides knowledge on where and when the fire will produce undesirable effects, is important in disaster risk assessment for assessing the danger and vulnerability, to enable design evacuation routes and the formulation of emergence response.
At the recovery stage, it is used to organize data on the damage, rebuilding and for preventing a recurrence.
|2||Mrs. Francis Hoets||Community Based Early Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Management: bridging the Gap||DMISA urges The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote the involvement of communities at risk in Community Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS)to enhance the effectiveness of Impact Based Severe Weather
DMISA also encourages Disaster Management stakeholders to use this approach to build resilience in communities at risk.
|The involvement, training and awareness of communities at risk in Community Based Early Warning Systems CBEWS will enable individuals, communities and organisations threatened by a hazard to prepare and act appropriately and in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of harm or loss.
Using this approach, communities at risk will be capacitated to understand Impact Based Severe Weather Warnings and combine the information with indigenous knowledge of the local areas at risk, so that, incident and disaster mortality, the number of people affected, economic loss, damage to critical infrastructure and disruptions to basic services will be substantially reduced.
|3||Dr. Johannes. A. Belle
|Building resilience in natural capital to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change: a case of wetlands in the eastern Free State; South Africa||DMISA requests The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to capacitate municipalities on the use of natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to improve their ability to use natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change.
|The use of natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change was strongly endorsed by three international conferences in 2015.
Wetlands were singled out as one of the best ecosystems FOR community driven initiatives that can be used to reduce disaster risks, adapt to climate change and thus build community and system resilience.
This approach also has multiple benefits such as reducing disasters, adapting to climate change, improving biodiversity and building community sustainable livelihoods at almost no cost.
|4||Mr. Thinus Rabe||The Use of Indigenous Knowledge and the Role of Traditional Leadership in Disaster Management||DMISA requests to the National Disaster Management Centre to encourage research and practice that strengthens the importance of cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in Community Risk Reduction.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders and Academic Institutions to include cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in their programmes and projects.
|The successful implementation of disaster prevention measures compels the disaster manager to include different perceptions and other understandings, as this will enhance the comprehension and appreciation of the motivations behind people’s actions.
Including cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in Community Risk Reduction programmes will enhance understanding and commitment.
Community specific disaster prevention plans are prescribed in Section 47(2) of the Disaster Management Act.
|5||Mrs. Patricia Zweig.
|Where there’s Smoke, there’s Fire – Fire Detection in Informal Settlements
|DMISA appeals to the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote a collaborative, people-orientated approach to resilience-building and thereby enhance the success of risk-reduction initiatives.
DMISA endorses a collaborative, people-orientated approach to resilience-building and risk-reduction initiatives.
|The involvement of at-risk communities in collaborative planning and design will result in creating purpose-built solutions that are acceptable to and appropriate for the realities of life in these increasingly complex urban communities.
The solutions need to be simple enough to be taken up and embraced by the community members themselves, by using creative thinking to address the hazards being manifested today, especially in urban areas.
|6||Dr Herman Booysen
|Designing a resilient African city, the Smart way
|DMISA requests the National Disaster Management Centre to investigate the use of Social Media Platforms including possible mutual aid agreements to obtain Disaster related data and information
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to explore the use of Social Media Platforms to obtain Disaster related data and information
|The extensive use of social media means that it can provide valuable information regarding the location and attributes of disaster related incidents.
Disaster management officials must be able to access real time and historical data. The assistance of the various social media platforms will be necessary. Engaging them on a national level will enhance bargaining power and promote uniformity. The relationships can be strengthened through agreements.
|7||Mr. Geoff Laskey
|Disaster Management Mutual Aid Agreements: A structured approach to Planning and Implementation
|DMISA requests The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to encourage Municipalities to enter into Mutual Assistance Agreements to ensure that adequate resources are available to deal with the Risk Profile of the Municipal area by augmenting capacity through shared disaster management resources.
DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to augment their capacity through shared disaster management resources by means of Mutual Assistance Agreements.
|During disasters authorities often do not have enough resources to effectively respond and manage the disaster or emergency situation.
The recurring dilemma in the interjurisdictional incident management and emergency processes is how to establish and maintain cooperation between organisations in the complex, uncertain environment of an actual disaster and or emergency.
Mutual aid agreements are designed to provide a legal framework for an integrated and co-ordinated response to disasters.
The primary objective of mutual aid agreements is to facilitate rapid, short-term deployment of emergency support prior to, during, and after an incident and to limit the impact and duration of the crisis.
|8||Mr. Owen Becker||A Critical Assessment of Disaster Consequence Management||DMISA urges the National Disaster Management Centre to develop standards and guidelines for the different types of disaster, that will provide a sound scientific basis for Disaster Declarations and Classifications.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders and Academic Institutions to engage with the NDMC regarding challenges, best practice and possible solutions regarding Disaster Declarations and Classifications.
|The work currently been undertaken by the NDMC on guidelines for the declaration and classifications are summaries of the Disaster Management Act and National Framework.
What practitioners at all level need are specific questions and indicators that will eliminate the guess work and provide a scientific basis on which to evaluate. Many indicators and models already exist.
Different approaches are needed for slow onset disasters such as drought and food insecurity.
There is a tendency to ignore the” … and post – disaster recovery and rehabilitation.” Part of sections 27(2)(m); 41(2)(m) and 55(2)(m) of the Disaster Management Act.
|9||Mr. Owen Becker||A Critical Assessment of Disaster Consequence Management||DMISA appeals to the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote Disaster Consequence Management as a best practice in building Resilient Communities.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to assess the possible Disaster Consequence so that they can be managed in risk reduction, preparedness response and recovery and thereby build resilient communities.
|All disaster management stakeholders must look beyond the hazard when planning for disaster risk reduction, preparedness response and recovery.
The real loss occurs in the socio- economic, infrastructure and environmental consequences that are often difficult to anticipate and quantify.
Estimating the consequences of disasters and managing both the positive and negative results will result in far more resilient communities, because better decisions will be made to protect vulnerable elements and to focus recovery on “community critical” goods and services.
The DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA) CONFERENCE 2016 with the theme:
“Climate, Disaster Risk, Early Warning & Response: RE-EVALUATING RESILIENCE”
Was held from 21 – 22 September 2016 at ATKV Goudini Spa near Rawsonville and Worcester in the Breede Valley Municipality and Cape Winelands District.
Conference Resolutions, DRR 2016:
|NO||SPEAKER||TITLE OF PAPER||PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION|
|1||Ms Benedetta Gualandi||Disaster Risk Management and Gender Equity Perspective||To request the National Disaster Management Centre to promote the incorporation clear objectives, equitable processes and the monitoring of equality outcome regarding women, children, the elderly and persons with disabilities in all disaster management plans.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that the needs of women, children, the elderly and persons with disabilities are adequately addressed in all polices, plans, forums and platforms.
|2||Mr Geoff Laskey||Volunteerism an Essential Ingredient for Successful Disaster Resilience in South Africa||To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to encourage municipalities to develop more adaptive and inclusive models of disaster management by means of disaster management volunteer units with the aim to increase community disaster resilience by enhancing the capacities and skills that exist within the communities they serve.
DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to build community disaster resilience through capacitated volunteers.
|3||Mr Johannes Belle||Managing wetlands for climate change adaptation: A case study of the eastern Free State; South Africa||To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to promote the Integration of climate change adaptation strategies into the management of natural ecosystems such as wetlands to build resilience.
DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that Climate Change adaptation and resilience building strategies are addressed in all development. Particular attention must be given to natural ecosystems such as wetlands.
|4||Dr Modjadji Malahlela||The Implications of the “Integrated Urban Development Framework” for Disaster Management.||To request the Department of Cooperative Governance to promote the use of a disaster risk assessment as the basis for all development planning in order to promote sustainable development through disaster risk reduction and to consider the development of legislation that will make disaster risk assessments mandatory in development.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that sustainable development through disaster risk reduction is adequately addressed in all development and to lobby for legislation that will make disaster risk assessments mandatory in development.
|5||Mrs Patricia Zweig||Resilient communities and sustainable development initiatives: Sustainable human settlements and reducing disaster risk in urban and rural settings.||To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to promote sustainable rural and urban disaster management through community based risk assessment and reduction by means of participatory research and collaborative solution seeking.
DMISA requests all disaster management stakeholders to include community based risk reduction in all urban and rural development programmes and projects through community based risk assessment and reduction by means of participatory research and collaborative solution seeking.
|6||Mr Malcolm v Harte||Planning for Major Electricity-Related Incidents||To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to encourage the building of stakeholder collaboration with Eskom in preparation for a major electrical incident.
DMISA appeals to all disaster management stakeholders to collaborate with Eskom when preparing for major electrical incidents.
|7||Various papers||The Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015||DMISA applauds the National Disaster Management Centre on the Amendment Act and supports the need for all stakeholders to embrace the changes relating to Climate Change, the role of Local Municipalities, focus on vulnerable persons, participation of sector departments, in order to promote sustainable development.
DMISA also appeals to SALGA to urge municipalities to embrace the Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015 relating to Climate Change, the role of Local Municipalities, focus on vulnerable persons, participation of sector departments, in order to promote sustainable development.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the content of the Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015 and to align all activities to the legislation.
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION 2015, was held from Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 September 2015 at the ATKV Hartenbos Resort, Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa with the theme:
The 2030 Resilience, Sustainability and Adaptation Mandate: A New Action Agenda for Disaster Risk Reduction
Conference Resolutions: DRR 2015
|SPEAKER||TITLE OF PAPER||PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION|
|1||Mr Nabeel Rylands||Utalisation of Disaster Risk Assessment in practice: The Western Cape model||To request the NDMC to pursue all avenues to ensure that Disaster Risk assessment is institutionalised and integrated into all planning at National, Provincial and Municipal levels,|
|2||Mr Makananisa Takalani||Understanding Disaster Risk Assessment||To urge the National Disaster Centre to collaborate with Schools of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences, ICT and Statistics to develop the kind of technology to perform Disaster Risk Quantitative Assessment with maximum precision within reasonable time|
|3||Mr Anthony R Kesten||Attacks on foreign nationals in the City of Ekurhuleni – 2015||To urge the NDMC to ensure that all Municipal Disaster Management Centres undertake proper risk and vulnerability assessments to identify the potential social hazards that may exist within their area of responsibility|
|4||Mr Thinus Rabe||The need for rapid impact assessment model specifically suitable for rural areas||To request the NDMC to pursue and promote the development of a rapid disaster impact assessment, specifically suitable for rural areas.|
|5||Mr Daniel Brink||Conceptualising resilient communities||Request the NDMC to facilitate greater dialogue between the fields of disaster management and urban/town planning in recognition of the collaborative potential for achieving resilient development.|
|6||Prof. Ozunu Alexandru||Bulding resilience in small isolated mining communities – Romanian case studies||To urge the National Disaster Management Centre to ensure that Municipal Disaster Management Centres achieve sustainability and long term resilience for small isolated communities.|
|7||Mr Owen Becker||Securing Strategic Resources for a resilient and sustainable future||To urge the National Disaster Management Centre to ensure that the securing of Strategic Resources becomes a national priority|
|8||Mrs Francis Hoets||Community Based Early Warning Systems: From Theory to Action: The Role of the Disaster Management Practitioner||To urge the NDMC to promote improved cooperation between Disaster Management Centres and the National EWS in order to facilitate communication to at-risk communities and to document and share best practice cases.|
|9||Mr Tinus De Beer||Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience||To urge the NDMC to pursue the implementation of the section of the policy framework that states:
“There should be public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction through structural and non-structural measures are essential to enhance the economic, social, health and cultural resilience of persons, communities, countries and their assets, as well as the environment.”
|10||Dr Mal Reddy||The professionalization of Disaster Management – Progress update and announcement of first CPD session||DMISA urges all members to pursue registration as Disaster Management Professionals and to participate in the pilot CPD project|
17 – 18 September 2014
at Sibaya Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
29th DMISA Conference: Building Disaster Resilience is Everbody’s Business
11-12 September 2013
President Hotel, Bloemfontein, Mangaung Municipality, Free State Province, South Africa
28th DMISA Conference: Building Resilience: Communities Getting Ready
Papers now available here
12-13 September 2012
Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre/NMN Grand Hotel, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Disaster Risk Reduction 2012 – the 27th DMISA Conference
TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE: READINESS FOR RISK REDUCTION AND RESPONSE
14-15 September 2011
NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
Papers & Presentations:
8-9 September 2010
Mentorskraal, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
7-8 October 2009 – Elangeli Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
8-9 Oct 2008 – Goudini Spa, Western Cape
DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2008
Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa
17-18 Oct 2007 – Mentorskraal, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2007
Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa
13-14 Sep 2006 – Hartenbos, Western Cape
Papers and Presentations:
Salvano Briceno – The Hyogo Framework for Action : 2005 – 2015
Juan Carlos Villagran De Leon – The nature of risks , a conceptional approach
DMISA National Workshop Regarding Implementation of the Disaster Management Act held in Port Elizabeth in 2006
19-20 Oct 2005 – Hartenbos, Western Cape
Papers and Presentations:
Western Cape Regional Disaster Management Workshop
4 Feb 2004 – Cape Disaster Debrief 2004 – Mowbray, Cape Town, Western Cape
13-14 Oct 2004 – Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng
9-10 Oct 2003 – Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Gauteng
10-11 Oct 2002 – Golden Horse Hotel, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal
19-20 Sep 2001 – Feather Market Hall, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
5-6 Oct 2000 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
2-3 Sep 1999 – Ritz Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape
Papers and Presentations:
10-11 Sep 1998 – Osner Hotel, East London, Eastern Cape
18-19 Sep 1997 – City Hall, Polokwane, Limpopo
31 Oct – 1 Nov 1996 – Aventura, Warmbaths, Gauteng
29 Feb -1 Mar 1996 – Holiday Inn, Garden Court, Johannesburg, Gauteng
8-9 Sep 1994 – The Willows Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
23-24 Sep 1993 – Agricultural College , Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
3-4 Sep 1992 – Civic Centre, Bloemfontein, Free State
5-6 Sep 1991 – Cape Sun, Cape Town, Western Cape
2-3 Aug 1990 – Holiday Inn, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
27-29 Sep 1989 – Civic Centre, Belville, Western Cape
29-30 Sep 1988 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
8-9 Sep 1987 – Sand Du Plessis Theater, Bloemfontein, Free State
19-20 Aug 1986 – Civic Centre, Germiston, Gauteng
Please note: Current-day provincial and town/city names are used in this list in cases where names have changed in the period from 1986.