The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) is a professional association for Disaster Management and associated disciplines.



Southern Africa News

18 Mar 2014 - Conference resolutions, DMISA Conference 2013
The Conference Resolutions of Disaster Risk Reduction 2013 - Building resilience - Communities getting ready - is now available on the Conferences page for download

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Feb 2014 - DMISA Journal 2013 available for download
Disaster Management, the official journal of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa, can now be downloaded from the Journal page.

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On Thursday 5 December 2013 Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa, passed away. The Disaster Management Institute of South Africa mourns the passing of a great man who changed the world, inspired millions and leaves a legacy of reconciliation and understanding. Of particular interest to the Institute and its members is the way in which Madiba focused on the youth, education and poverty alleviation, the building blocks of a resilient society that can anticipate, reduce and effectively deal with disaster.

We hope to draw strength from his tenacity and passion for human dignity as we constantly reflect on improving our practice of disaster risk management. DMISA resonates the words of wisdom shared by Nelson Mandela at his Inaugural address in Pretoria (May 10, 1994); ‘Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.’

We bid you a fond farewell, Tata Madiba, and we pledge our continued and unwavering commitment to freedom, justice, social cohesion, reconciliation and building resilient communities!

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3 Jul 2013 - Reminder to comment on Disaster Management Amendment Bill
Dear DMISA Member, Kindly be advised that Cabinet has approved the publication of the draft Disaster Management Amendment Bill (hereinafter referred to as `the Bill`) for public comment. The Bill has subsequently been published in Government Gazette number 36580 (Notice No. 637 of 2013).

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World News for Disaster Management Practitioners

UN sets the stage for adoption of a new global agreement on disaster risk in 2015
12 December 2013, GENEVA - The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.

The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.

UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström said: `The 3rd World Conference provides us with a rare opportunity to forge universal agreement on how to build disaster resilience across all sectors of society. It is particularly important that we have a strong urban focus as we expect 75% of the world`s population to be living in towns and cities by 2050.`

Sendai City is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the Tôhoku region with a population of one million people. In March 2011, it was one of the cities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which killed over 15,000 people and is one of the costliest disasters in history.

Ms. Emiko Okuyama, the Mayor of Sendai City, today unveiled the Conference logo. She said: `This logo was designed by a local designer and represents people joining hands to create a chain of action. The five colours stand for the five priorities of Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters which brought the concept of resilience into the mainstream of development thinking. We look forward to hosting the Conference and to welcoming the world to the Tohoku region which has made a strong recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.`

Visit the website of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction:

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News from the Regions of DMISA

21 Feb 2014 - Sad news from Limpopo Region
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Henk Lombard, Secretary of the Limpopo Region passed away suddenly on Friday, 21 February 2014.

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The DMISA Council consists of directly and proportionally elected representatives from the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa.