Forum un­der­way to de­al with di­sas­ters in the re­gi­on

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

GAR­DEN ROU­TE The Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­que­sted that all se­ven lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties in its dis­trict es­ta­blish their own Di­sas­ter Ma­na­ge­ment Ad­vis­o­ry Forum (DMAF). The fo­rums in Bi­tou, Mos­sel Bay, Hes­se­qua and Kan­na­land ha­ve al­re­a­dy been es­ta­blis­hed w­hi­le Ge­or­ge, Oudts­hoorn and Knys­na are still in the pro­cess. On­ce all B mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties in the dis­trict ha­ve es­ta­blis­hed their fo­rums, the chair­man and se­cre­ta­ry of each forum would ser­ve on the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict DMAF. At the last Gar­den Rou­te DM coun­cil meet­ing, it ca­me to lig­ht that Knys­na u­sed to ha­ve an ad­vis­o­ry forum, but it was dis­con­ti­nu­ed due to a lack of in­te­rest. Ho­we­ver, it is sti­pu­la­ted that ‘the Knys­na di­sas­ter ma­na­ger is in the pro­cess of rees­ta­blis­hing a new DMAF that will be lin­ked to one of his per­so­nal key per­for­man­ce in­di­ca­tors’. Re­spon­ding to an en­qui­ry af­ter the coun­cil meet­ing, Knys­na com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of­fi­cer C­hu­mi­sa Ka­la­we said they are look­ing in­to es­ta­blis­hing a forum. “An i­tem in t­his re­gard will be sub­mit­ted to Coun­cil in due cour­se,” she said. Ac­cor­ding to Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger T­re­vor Bo­tha, the pro­po­sed es­ta­blishment of the Ge­or­ge DMAF is at an ad­van­ced sta­ge and an i­tem in t­his re­gard is ex­pected to ser­ve in Coun­cil on 27 Sep­tem­ber. “A no­ti­ce to t­his ef­fect and an in­vi­ta­ti­on to re­le­vant sta­ke­hol­ders will be ex­ten­ded,” said Bo­tha. “On­ce es­ta­blis­hed, the Ge­or­ge DMAF will in­form the Dis­trict DMAF ac­cor­dingly.” He said the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty di­sas­ter ma­na­ge­ment secti­on has al­ways had a good wor­king re­la­ti­ons­hip with ot­her lo­cal and dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties, sta­ke­hol­ders and ro­le­play­ers. “We look for­ward to the be­ne­fits of sharing ex­pe­rien­ce, kno­w­led­ge and re­sour­ces on­ce all lo­cal DMAFs and the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict DMAF ha­ve been es­ta­blis­hed,” said Bo­tha. South Ca­pe Forum a­waits com­ment on the mat­ter from Oudts­hoorn

ANC Coun­cil­lor S­te­ven de V­ries as­ked que­s­ti­ons to cla­ri­fy com­ments on the a­gen­da to the ef­fect that Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty u­sed to ha­ve a Di­sas­ter Ma­na­ge­ment Ad­vis­o­ry Forum.

Gar­den Rou­te DM S­pea­ker Ba­rend Groe­ne­wald. wel­co­med pu­bli­ci­ty on their ef­forts to es­ta­blish a Di­sas­ter Ma­na­ge­ment Ad­vis­o­ry Forum.

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