Creating Partnerships to Build Resilient Communities

Creating Partnerships to Build Resilient Communities

These initiatives are implemented in the following municipalities across South Africa.

1. SEDIBENG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

1.1. Partnership with NSRI

Purpose of the project: to teach young people how to respond when a flood or fire disaster occurs

NRSI provide children with the opportunity to explore and develop confidence in and around the water. Some of the municipalities in Sarah Baartman are situated in the coastal area and Sedibeng District with Vaal River. Santam supports the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in providing its WaterWise education and awareness training programme to learners.

The Waterwise programme is taught in a safe controlled environment, and includes lessons on water safety, what to do and who to call in an emergency situation, how to rescue a peer and how to initiate bystander CPR.

To date close to 20 000 learners have been trained in Sedibeng.

1.2. Sedibeng municipality winter campaign

Purpose of the project: to teach young people how to respond when a flood or fire disaster occurs

Sedibeng Disaster Management in partnership with Santam and other stakeholders conducted a winter awareness programme on fire safety at home and at school at the Ramosukula Secondary School on the outskirts of Emfuleni local municipality, Lindequesdrift Vanderbijlpark.

Learners and educators benefited from the campaign.

1.3. Early warning systems for older persons, children and homes of mentally impaired person and rehabilitation centres – Midvaal and Lesedi local municipality

Purpose of the project:

  • Assist with the improvement of technology to enable communities to use early warning systems to drive proactive risk management behaviour;
  • Early detection of fires; 
  • Reduction in loss of lives and property of vulnerable people.

Installation took place at more than 20 sites.

1.5  Disaster relief volunteer workshop

Purpose of the project:

  • Improvement in emergency response times
  • Identification of existing and potential non-governmental capacity (proactive and reactive) to address needs arising from disasters
  • Identify actions that could be proactively undertaken ahead of any disaster occurrence, to ensure a state of readiness in the event of a disaster
  • Create a database of support networks for District municipality toproactively identify non-governmental support that could be committed to assisting disaster relief efforts and to outline a high level plan to initiate and co-ordinate this support.

2.   SARAH BAARTMAN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY  

2.1. Partnership with the South African Red Cross Society

Purpose of the project: Offering first aid training to the community.

2.2. Partnership with NSRI (WaterWise Programme)

Purpose of the project: to teach young people know how to respond when a flood or fire disaster occurs

3.   EHLANZENI DISTRICT MUNICPALITY

3.1. School debate competition

The Ehlanzeni District Municipality held the schools debate competition for the second year. The theme “Disaster Management is everybody’s business” helped to raise awareness among learners about disasters and disaster management.

A total of 36 schools and 520 learners participated.

3.2. Disaster relief volunteer workshop

Purpose of the project:

  • Improvement in emergency response times
  • Identification of existing and potential non-governmental capacity (proactive and reactive) to address needs arising from disasters
  • Identify actions that could be proactively undertaken ahead of any disaster occurrence, to ensure a state of readiness in the event of a disaster
  • Create a database of support networks for District municipality to proactively identify non-governmental support that could be committed to assisting disaster relief efforts and to outline a high level plan to initiate and co-ordinate this support.

 

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