The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Simon Skhosana and the MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison Mr Vusi Shongwe have met with all disaster management stakeholders in the province to do an assessment of the province’s capability to prevent, mitigate and respond to disasters.
MEC Skhosana stated that the province is prone to disasters and therefore it is important that from time to time the province does an assessment of its capability to mitigate and respond to disasters.
“Over the past few years we have had a number of flood disasters especially in the Ehlanzeni District. Our immediate response to disasters has been good, however we have not been good on our post disaster recovery. We must work together to develop an integrated plan to respond to disasters,” said Skhosana.
MEC Shongwe stated that the province needs to take issues of disaster management seriously. “Issues of disaster management should not be dealt with as a mere compliance matter but should be dealt with as a priority. As the province is located next to Swaziland and Mozambique, we must also engage them and involve them in our plans,” said Shongwe. He further urged all stakeholders to continuously seek new innovative ways of mitigating and responding to disasters and learn from more developed countries.