Introduction to Disaster Management and Incident Command training

Once again, technology in the face of COVID-19 made it possible; UFS-DiMTEC is undoubtedly getting the hang of it! Today, we hosted our first online short learning programme, which is part of our community engagement.


Picture: Blackboard Collaborate showing the facilitators and participants

A significant number of 32 participants from the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), mainly from their Nerve-centre section, attended the training. This short learning programme (SLP) is our first online SLP in partnership with the NDMC. We are grateful to the NDMC for affording us such an opportunity and entrusting UFS-DiMTEC with the task to impart knowledge on disaster management and incident command systems to its workforce. The half-day course included a session on 'Introduction to Disaster Management', which was facilitated by Dr Johanes Belle. He covered topics on terminology, the relationship between disasters and development, South African disaster management legislation and policy, as well as international policies such as the Sendai Framework and many other topics notable for the comprehension of the disaster management phenomenon. After Dr Belle's session, a significant session on 'Introduction to Incident Command' was presented by Prof Andries Jordaan. His session was on the fundamentals of incident command systems, such as information technology and communication systems, command structures, incident response procedures, terminology, and standard operating procedures.

In his welcoming and essential to note, was an interesting quote shared by Dr Mmaphaka Tau, the Head of the NDMC, "Don't fix the blame, fix the problem". This quote is imperative and relevant, especially in disaster management where a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach (everybody) to reducing risks and increasing resilience is required to fix the problem. For this opportunity, we would like to thank Dr Moses Khangale, Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Prof Andries Jordaan, Dr Johanes Belle, Dr Alice Ncube, and Ms Nompumelelo Ekeke for their great contribution to this course.

Here is what some of our participants had to say about the course:

Enest Ledwaba: “We are thankful for this learning opportunity; thanks to all those who put in an effort to coordinate it, and also to the presenters for their informative engagement, thank you.”

Kwena Molokomme: “The training was informative, and I am looking forward to many more engagements. Disaster management in our lifetime. I am interested in disaster and development.”

Written by: Olivia Kunguma (

Date: 22 September 2020

For more information about UFS-DiMTEC’s short learning programmes, please contact
Dr Alice Ncube


Elfrieda Lötter: Marketing Manager
T: +27 51 401 2531

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