Disaster Risk Assessment at Municipal Level in South Africa: The Need for a Multidisciplinary Approach

By Andries J. Jordaan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper proposes a different risk equation from the traditional equation in that the new equation differentiates between the capacities to deal with hazards and vulnerable situations. The paper also proposes a disaster risk assessment framework based on the disaster crunch model. The paper also highlighted the lack of participatory vulnerability assessment methodology and the absence of community resilience profiling in some DRA’s in South Africa. The lack of proper funding and the under-estimation of the importance of detailed risk assessments as the major stumbling blocks in DRA’s in South Africa are also highlighted in this paper. The utilization of a multi-disciplinary team of experts for DRA, more detailed Terms of References (TOR), and the development of a DRI for South Africa are some of the recommendations made in this paper.

Keywords: Disaster Risk Assessment, Participatory Vulnerability Assessment, Disaster Risk Equation

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.77-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.813KB).

Andries J. Jordaan

Director of Composition, Assistant Professor, Disaster Risk Management Education and Training Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Andries Jordaan (*Director: Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), University of the Free State) started his academic career with the B.Sc Agric at the University of the Free State and the degree B. Inst Agrar (Hons) Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria. He also completed his M.Sc. Agric (Agricultural Economics) Cum Laude at the University of the Free State. He was involved in several successful agricultural projects. He was also the expert witness on agriculture in the Richtersveld land claim court case – the largest land claim in the history of South Africa - and he is currently the project leader for the Richtersveld agricultural development plan. Andries Jordaan is also part of the project team for the Merowe Dam resettlement scheme in Sudan as the Agricultural Economic specialist. Andries is the Director of DiMTEC at the University of the Free State where he also lectures in disaster risk management, environmental and development economics, and agricultural extension. Mr Jordaan is a member of several professional societies and has published several scientific and popular papers. He is busy with his PhD with the title: “Agriculture as a vehicle for peace building and economic growth in conflict and post conflict countries”

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