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Disaster Management Act (No. 57)

legislation type Legislative
Passed in 2003
This Act provides a framework for response to natural or human-caused disasters as defined in Section 1. It aims to provide a coherent, transparent and inclusive policy on disaster management appropriate for South Africa. The Framework presents the intergovernmental structures and policy framework and creates as the main responsible organ the National Disaster Management Centre. It also regulates disaster management at the provincial and local levels. The Act was amended in was amended in 2015, to substitute or provide new definitions, and to align or assign functions to the different entities with responsibilities on disaster management. Amendments mention climate change.


from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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