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Short Course
Disaster Risk Assessment and Planning
A course in Disaster Risk Assessment and planning is needed to build the basic understanding, skills and tools available to disaster risk management role players to perform their basic duties. (Prior research has shown there is great skills and capacity deficiencies in South Africa in terms of basic risk assessment and planning)

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the course is on introducing participants to wide variety of disaster risk assessment methodologies that could be adapted to any community or setting with the purpose generating accurate disaster risk assessments. Secondly focus is also placed on how to optimally operationalise the results from assessment into existing disaster risk plans, emergency contingency plans and development planning

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Students need to have successfully completed a matric certificate
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Participants need to successfully completed a matric certificate

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  1) Describe and explain the interaction between disaster and sustainable development- and the implications therefore for Integrated Development Planning (IDP) Describe and explain the interaction between disaster and sustainable development- and are able to develop concrete strategies to integrating disaster risk reduction into existent Integrated Development Planning (IDP).
  2) Describe and explain different requirements for disaster risk management planning according to the Disaster Management Act of 2002 Describe and explain the importance of disaster risk management planning as per the provisions of the National Disaster Management Act and Framework.
  3) Describe and explain the different hazard, capacity and vulnerability assessment methodologies associated with the disaster risk assessment process. Describe, explain and apply different hazard, capacity and vulnerability assessment methodologies within differing societal contexts.
  4) Describe and evaluate contingency planning process at all levels of government Describe and evaluate existing contingency plans, but also be able to formulate improved contingency plans considering results from the critical evaluation of existent plans.


Class practical’s and written assignment
Method of assessment: 
Students will be asked to solve problems through practical exercise by applying the principles and knowledge that they have acquired after each theoretical contact sessions. This will be done on the last day of the course. Additionally, to the above, students will have to submit a written essay (10-15_ pages) within two months after the last day of the course (pass rate 50%), which will be deemed as final assessment. The elements stated above will form the basis of this assessment.

Additional information

T58 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
The course focuses on government officials, responders such as fire fighters and fire protection agency members, emergency medical response staff, police officials, disaster management officials, members of society and local agencies involved in handling disaster situations.
Contact us
Mr. Lesego Shoroma
Telephone number: 
018 299 1632