Coast KZN


Disaster Management Act

The Disaster Management Act provides an integrated, co-ordinated approach to disaster management aimed at preventing or reducing risk of disasters in the country. Coastal areas are high risk areas, making this legislation important.

Disaster Management Act

Act No. 57 of 2003

To provide for an integrated and co-ordinated disaster management policy that focuses on preventing or reducing the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity of disasters, emergency preparedness, rapid and effective response to disasters and post-disaster recovery; the establishment of national, provincial and municipal disaster management centres; disaster management volunteers; and matters incidental thereto.

Chapters of the Disaster Management Act:

Chapter 1: Interpretation, Application and Administration of Act

Application of Act
Administration of Act

Chapter 2: Intergovernmental Structures and Policy

Intergovernmental Committee on Disaster Management
National 'Disaster Management Advisory Forum
National disaster management framework
Contents of national disaster management framework

Chapter 3: National Disaster Management

Part 1: National disaster management centre o Administration o Powers and duties of National Centre
Part 2: Powers and duties of national government

Chapter 4: Provincial Disaster Management

Part I: Provincial disaster management framework
Part 2: Provincial disaster management centres
Part 3: Powers and duties of provincial government

Chapter 5: Municipal Disaster Management

Part 1: Municipal disaster management framework
Part 2: Municipal disaster management centres
Part 3: Powers and duties of municipalities and municipal entities

Chapter 6: Funding of Post-Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation

Guiding principles
National contributions to alleviate effects of local and provincial disasters

Chapter 7: Disaster Management Volunteers

Disaster management volunteers

Chapter 8: Miscellaneous

Scope of assistance by organs of state
Phasing in of certain provisions of Act Repeal of Act 67 of 1977
Short title and commencement

Additional Information

For more information visit the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs