Forum underway to deal with disasters in the region
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.