Safety and Security

The responsibility of this work stream is to ensure a safe environment for visitors and residents during the world cup period. The team is in the process of creating a coherent and integrated safety and security plan for Sedibeng with the following elements:

  • Identifying and grading all risks to the region before, duringand after the World Cup;
  • Drafting strategies to mitigate the identified Risks;
  • Promoting safety and security awareness to both visitors andlocals;
  • Environmental design for crime prevention especial event andaccommodation venues;
  • Collaborating with other law enforcement and safety agencieswithin the region (SAPS, traffic officers, Community volunteers, private security companies and Justice department ) to achieve safety and security objectives;
  • Designing (together with disaster management) an incident Command System; and
  • Recruitment and training of volunteers to help with crime prevention and crowd control.

To date the recruitment drive by SAPS has started and all station will be fully staffed before the World Cup and 50% of SAPS from the region will be redeployed to the Host City (JHB).

Disaster Management - 2010 FIFA World Cup

This work stream is responsible for designing strategies to prevent, reduce, mitigate and prepare for effective response (post disaster recovery) to any disasters that may occur during the 2010 World Cup tournament within the region of Sedibeng.

  • To reduce risk
  • Promote safety compliance and threat identification;
  • Provide input into infrastructure developments and events design (Fan Parks/ Viewing sites etc); and
  • Promote informal and formal initiatives to encourage risk avoidance behaviour.
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Prioritise the development of the Disaster Risk Management Centre for the region; and
  • Identify and address capacity issues relating to emergence response.
  • Effective Response to major incidents
  • Develop effective response plans;
  • Develop incident Command System and appropriate training;
  • Implementation of line function response plans; and
  • Training on and testing of response plans.
  • Capacity Building / Training
  • A total of 123 Fire and Rescue personnel have been trained;
  • 24 in Hazmat Technician;
  • 40 in Hazmat Operation;
  • 7 in Swift Water Rescue;
  • 20 in Skipper License;
  • 12 in fire fighter one and two;
  • 20 in fire investigation;
  • 20 Communication personnel trained in ESS; and
  • 50 Advisory members trained in Disaster Management.
The Context of Disaster Risk Management in the Sedibeng District Municipality

The area of the Sedibeng District Municipality is constantly threatened by hazards of natural, technological and environmental origin. It is increasingly exposed to the devastating effects of a range of severe hydro meteorological events including severe storms, floods, tornadoes, informal settlement fires and veld fires. The incidence of epidemic diseases of biological origin affecting humans and livestock are also apparent in the area. Transportation accidents and hazardous material accidents continue to pose major challenges as National / Regional / Provincial Routes crisscross the Sedibeng District Municipality area.

The cities of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark are located along the Vaal River, and from a disaster risk perspective, the extensive industrial activities pose severe threats of a specific nature to the economic and environmental well being of the Sedibeng District Municipal area as a whole.

Sedibeng District Municipality Policy Framework

Sedibeng District Municipality has developed and adopted the Sedibeng Disaster Management Policy Framework, which addresses the four key performance areas:

  • KPA 1: Integrated Institutional Capacity for DRM;
  • KPA 2: Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA);
  • KPA 3: Disaster Risk Reduction; and
  • KPA 4: Disaster Response and Recovery.

This policy framework, which establishes the policy of the council of the Sedibeng District Municipality for the management of disaster risk in its jurisdiction, is constituted in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002; is consistent with the National Disaster Management Framework, 2005; with the Policy Framework of the Gauteng Province; and is compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, standards, codes and practices for DRM in the Sedibeng District Municipality.

Sedibeng Disaster Management Advisory Forum

Arrangements to enable stakeholder participation and the engagement of technical advice to the municipality. Sedibeng District Municipality has established the Disaster Management Advisory Forum, which composes of representatives of all key DRM stakeholders. The forum must function in accordance with terms of reference which define the minimum composition and scope of its operations. The forum sits quarterly.

Sedibeng Emergency Communication Centre

In addressing issues related to the Sedibeng Disaster Management Framework, performance enabler 1 (Information Management and Communication) Sedibeng District Municipality revamped the current Communication Centre with high tech equipment to be in par with the latest technological developments. The Emergency Communication Centre is currently being linked to the Provincial Emergency Communication Centre.


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