This section lists the book of abstracts, which has a collection of some of UFS-DiMTEC’s master's and PhD abstracts from our 2005 to 2015 graduates. There is also a collection and repository of our students' master's theses and PhD dissertations.

Book of abstracts – Master's and PhD in Disaster Management, 2005 - 2015

This book contains a collection of some of the Master’s in Disaster Management research abstracts from 2003 to 2014. The abstracts are from research conducted by top students from all over Africa working in non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and government organisations in partial fulfilment of their research in Disaster Management studies at the University of the Free State. The book was also one of the many initiatives created in celebration of the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa’s 10-year anniversary. It is a celebration of the centre’s research achievements, with most of the research papers published in accredited journals and presented at prestigious global conferences such as the World Conference of Disaster Management in Canada and the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction Conference held in Namibia. The book is instrumental in the research that current students are doing in the field of disaster risk reduction and management. The Book of Abstracts is also a marketing tool for prospective students considering venturing into humanitarian studies. Practitioners in the humanitarian field can also use this book as a guide to identify research outcomes that are useful to the communities they serve and help aid, with proven results from current projects they are involved in. Organisations interested in the full theses as well as the researchers’ contact details can contact the UFS-DiMTEC office. This book also serves as an acknowledgement and commendation to all UFS-DiMTEC alumni who have contributed successfully to the growth of this academic institution. Disaster management is a continuous and integrated multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary process; this book entails abstracts with topics investigating issues of risk reduction and disaster management in hazards such as floods, fires, landslides, drought, as well as best practices, statutes, etc. This book is a rich database of information and a networking tool for all interested stakeholders.

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Assessing the possible effects of revitalisation of the Bisho Central Business District (CBD) on fire response: Case Study Bisho CBD in Eastern CapeNqatyiswa Daniso 

Humanitarian Response: An investigation of the city of Ekurhuleni’s strategies in resolving response challenges Makua

An analysis of drought preparedness interventions in Daluka Ward, Lupane district, Matabeleland North, ZimbabweTobias Ndlovu

Emergency Incidents: Assessing the University of the Free State’s State of Preparedness - Mthembi Chauque

Strengthening resilience in agricultural projects by characterisation of veldfires using keetch-byram drought index: A case of Victoria State in Australia - Toyi Maniki Michael Diphagwe


Integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into disaster management. A case of Kwazulu-Natal Human Settlements in response to October 2017 storm damageMabengu

Adaptation strategies of smallholder maize farmers to drought in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Jotham Khumalo

Assessing the level of disaster preparedness of the city of Ekurhuleni using the climate related incident of 2015Bafana Alfred Mazibuko

Climate change adaptation strategies by smallholder farmers in Thaba Nchu rural communities, South Africa - Dikeledi G. Mohlakoana

An analysis of the vulnerability and climate adaptation strategies of rural women in Chivi District, ZimbabweTendai Mapingure

Quantitative vulnerability analysis of climate change for agribusinesses and Agricultural development projects: A case of Bloemfontein, South Africa - Ntombizodwa Elizabeth Lunga

Evaluating The Impact Of Deforestation On The Livelihoods And Culture Of Communities In Otshiku-shiithilonde Community Forest, NamibiaShivute Ndeshimona Ngeendina Nangula

Analysis of hydrological drought risk characteristics using Standardised Precipitation Index in the Free State Province - Mampshe Sunnyboy Nkgudi

The Effect of Drought on Small-Scale Livestock Producers, Mantsopa Municipality, Free State Province, South Africa - Mmankeka Alpheus Mothapo

Critical assessment of funding arrangements for disaster risk management: a case study of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa – Bongeka Mpinke

South African disaster risk management curriculum in secondary schools: a critical analysis of disaster managers and educators perceptions – Makgoke Walter Mohlala

Assessing the impact of gender roles on food-insecure households in Lesotho: A case of ‘Maneo village in Southern Lowland districts - Joseph Tsoeu Washi Mokati

Consumer education for effective water use: A case of Freedom Square informal settlement in Bloemfontein, South Africa - Petronella Kumang

Community-based disaster risk management towards resilience: A case study of Emadlangeni Municipality in Amajuba district, Kwa-Zulu Natal - Nomsa Zungu

An evaluation of the organisational preparedness of the University of the Free State to respond to hazards or disasters within its environment - Sara-Jane Jansen

Analysis of hydrological drought risk characteristics using Standardised Precipitation Index in the Free State ProvinceMampshe Sunnyboy Nkgudi

Quantitative vulnerability analysis of climate change for agribusinesses and Agricultural development projects: A case of Bloemfontein, South Africa - Ntombizodwa Elizabeth Lunga


Assessing the impact of gender roles on food insecure households in Lesotho: A case study of ‘Maneo village in Southern Lowland districtJoseph Tsoeu Washi Mokati

The Assessment Of Fire Safety And Emergency Preparedness At Old Age Homes In Polokwane Municipality Area, Limpopo Province - Masinge Granny Malope

Awareness and importance of developing business continuity plans for disaster risks by companies at Bayhead Harbour, Durban, South Africa - Zukiswa Vallery Poto

An assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviours of healthcare practitioners to listeriosis - Regina Murerwa

An assessment of groundwater vulnerability, quality and pollution risk in Ga-Segonyana Municipality area, Kuruman, Northern Cape in South Africa - Saungweme Kuziwa Evans

An assessment of the possible introduction of rainwater harvesting to build resilience in Marikana informal settlement in Ekurhuleni Municipality, South Africa - Beauty Moyo


Assessing the Socio-Economic impact of drought in Goedgevonden Village, Ventersdorp Local Municipality in North West Province, South Africa S. Caleni

Assessment of Disaster preparedness level of a community in Zamdela (Sasolburg) to chemical hazardX. Mavundla

Investigating the acquisition and retention of the major incident response plan by Hamad Medical Corporation ambulance service paramedicsN.K. Pullian
The assessment of drought preparedness measures in urban schools of Mbabane, the capital city of SwazilandQ.S. Tsabedze


An evaluation of the effectiveness of the supply chain in handling drought relief distribution.  A case study of Okatana Constituency, NamibiaF.N. Atshipara

An investigation of exposure of livelihood assets to veld fire hazards.  A cautionary tale of Mtubatuba local municipality - B.C. Fakude

Capacity building for increased water demand management.  A case study of the community of Aliwal North TownR.N. Kellen

Integrating disaster risk assessment into the upgrade of wastewater treatment works in Lepelle-Ncumpi local municipalityL.L. Mosotho

Magnitude of livestock theft in Kwa Sani and factors that could influence itG.Muller

Drought risk effects on livelihoods of rural communities in Chipinge South, ZimbabweC.Mutekwa

Using the community capitals framework to formulate a resilient index for a community-based disaster risk management programme in Mwanachingwala wardJ.I. Simukoko

An analysis of knowledge on and responses to climate change-induced health hazards.  The case of Mt Darwin District in ZimbabweM.Tawodzera


Socio-economic impact of shack fires in Duncan village informal settlement ; East London, South Africa - Zoliswa Alicia Mgwebi

A study to evaluate how veldfire hazard is affecting the sustainable livelihoods strategies and coping capacity of Goromonzi District community in  Zimbabwe - Greshan Muradzikwa

Assessing vulnerability to the cholera epidemic in high density residential suburbs. A case study of Gadzema high density suburb , Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe - Sharmainne Sambayi


An investigation into the socio - economic impact of the Cholera Outbreak of 2008-2009 in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of Kadoma District in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe - Blessing Zindi

An evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention activities in Swaziland - Zandile Mavuso


An analysis of women’s vulnerability and their coping strategies in relation to drought; Zvishavane rural district of Zimbabwe - Prescious Mangwanya

An evaluation of the state of preparedness of Nyanga district health delivery system to cholera outbreaks - Benjamin Sango

An analysis of the effectiveness of the HIV/AIDS mitigation measures on the blind persons in Kwekwe Urban District , Zimbabwe - Tholakele Ndlovu

An investigation into the preparedness, awareness and attitudes of United Nations personnel towards fire prevention and building emergency evacuation procedures at the UN Common Premises in Harare, Zimbabwe - Charles Mudzviti

Possible correlation between rainfall/ temperature pattern and malaria in Limpopo Province, South Africa - Lebohang Mashile

Investigating the financing mechanisms  for disaster response and recovery in Ilembe District Municipality, Kwazulu- Natal , South Africa - Lindokuhle Ngobane


Pregnant women as beneficiaries of the vulnerable group feeding programme in Mbire District Zimbabwe: An assessment of Nutritional vulnerability - S. Manombe 

Landslide Hazards: Household vulnerability, resiliance and coping in Bududa District, Eastern Uganda.- J. J. Ekotu

HIV/AIDS vulnerability of students at the National University of Lesotho. - K. E. Balogun

Hospital Emergency and disaster preparedness: A case study of Anandjokwe Lutheren Hospital, Northern Namibia.  – Gerald Chimenya

Vulnerability Reduction and building resiliance to floods: A case study of Kanyama Community in Lusaka, Zambia. - O. Chisola

The Church and disaster management: The assembly of God Church and HIV/AIDS in Lusaka, Zambia. -  C.W. Darris

Household flood security at Mokgatlong Village in Maruleng Municipality, Limpopo Province - M.P. Thobejane

The effectiveness of sector coordination mechanisms in disasters: an evaluation of water and sanitation cluster in Zimbabwe - E. Thondlana

A study to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding cholera preparedness and prevention in Ga-mampuru village, South Africa - Beverly Mabela

Disaster mitigation to reduce risk and vulnerability caused by the typhoid outbreak in Dzivarasekwa high density, Zimbabwe - Lungile Moyo

An evaluation of the level of social workers involvement in   disaster management discipline - David Maanda Mutele

Disaster risk management perspectives on sedentarization of pastoralists in Gode zone, Ethiopia - Clever Maputsen

The role of  agricultural extension in protection of agricultural land from degradation in the West Rand  region of Gauteng - Richard Seabo

The socio-economic impact of drought: a case study of small scale rural communities of greater Giyani local municipality in Mopani district of Limpopo province in South Africa - Sam Mabunda

An evaluation of private security services preparedness for evacuation in case of fire disaster at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. South Africa - Thompson Mkansi


Using community-based strategies on drought mitigation in Katama-Sinthumule - T. V. Mugogovhali

A review and assessment for Thaba Chweu Local Municipality veldfire management in Mpumalanga province. -  N. D. Siwile

Human resource gap analysis for Disaster Management quality in the Free State Provincial Government Emergency Medical Services – K.D. Rowe-Rowe

The impact of Shack Fires on the people of JB Mafora informal settlement, Bloemfontein, South Africa. - T.D. Raphela

A critical analysis of the impact of food aid on internally displaced persons.-  W.W. Sithole

A critical analysis of the impact of food aid on internally displaced persons. -  G. Pasipamire

Impact of Artisanal small scale gold mining in Umzingwane District, Zimbabwe. - S. Phiri

Flood risk and their impact on insurance companies: The case of George local Municipality, at the South Coast of South Africa. -  K.J. Matebane

An assessment of the water and sanitation problem in New Forest, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, South Africa. - R. Mnisi 

Drought Coping strategies at Mutasas District in Zimbabwe.. -  B. Ndlovu

An investigation into the impact of prolonged food aid programmes on vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe. -  E. Ndlovu

Childrens' participation in non-governmental organ OVC mitigation programmes in Ward 18, Magwegwe District, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. - P. S. Ndlovu

An evaluation of the resiliance of aerodrome rescue firefighters at King Shaka International Airport. -  M. K. Nefdt

Impact of cash aid as a humanitarian intervention strategy: A case for Nyanga District, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. -  G. Ntuli

The investigation of Water Resources response to land use change at Willowfontein. -  H. M. Mamogale

Stock fodder drought relief systems: A case study of the Department of Agriculture in Polokwane Municipality. -  M. C. Maifo

Teachers perceptions about lessons planning to include a Disaster Risk Reduction focus. - M.J. Lekalakala 

Assessment of Disaster Preparedness of Ngwathe Local Municipality regarding floods. - M. Lemeko

Public awareness campaigns as effective means to reduce Disaster Risk: A case study of the fire and flood campaign in the Western Cape. - C.I. Joyce 

An analysis of community awareness to chemical hazards in Zamdela Township, Sasolburg. -  P. S. Kolanchu

The impact of anti-retroviral treatment on rural livelihoods: A case study of Nyanga rural District, Zimbabwe -  T. Guvi

Artificial Neural Network modelling of flood prediction of early warning. - R. Nkoana


An economic analysis in the context of environmental impact assessment of an irrigation project in Gutu District, Zimbabwe. - L. Tshabangu 

The impact of oil spillage on agricultural production: A case study of Ibeno Local Government area, Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. - S. I. Asoya

Strengthening of Community systems: A framework for public participation for Cholera Disaster Reduction in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. - T.E.K. Chikumba

Strategies to cope with the impact of cholera on Zimbabwe from 2008 - 2009. A case study of Budiriro High Density Suburb, City of Harare - T. Chipare

An investigation of the flood response and recovery: A Case study of Thulamela Local Municipality. - M. C. Dau

Cash Transfers, the effective social protection initiative. - J. Handina 

An analysis of the impact of continuous external support on resilience in Sisansenqwe Community in Binga District. -  T. Ndhlovu

The impact of poverty reduction programmes in reducing and preventing disaster risk -  S. Ngwenya

R.E.O. Obwaya - Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in preparedness: A case study of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya - Abstract

Media standpunte oor die Kopenhagen konferensie oor klimaatsverandering in die konteks van rampbestuur - J. Strauss

An investigation into the disaster risk reduction effects in Gutu District: A focus on drought early warning system. -  N. Shamano

Investigating the influence to disaster effects on suicide. A case study of Okakarara Community in Namibia. -  C. Taderera

Indicators in monitoring of an Orphan and vulnerable children's programme - A risk reduction initiative - C. Peters

The social, psychological and economic impact of flooding in Ga-Motla and G-Moeka communities of Moretele District in North-West Province, South Africa. -  R. Rabalao


The experiences and coping strategies of rural women in Riverside, Zimbabwe with regard to water scarcity – O.Kunguma

The Impact of Non-Governmental Agricultural Recovery Programmes in Zimbabwe: World Vision in Insiza District. - L. Gabella

Socio-Economic Impact of Drought Induced Disasters on Farm Owners of Nkonkobe Local Municipality. - S. Mniki

An Investigation into the effectiveness of Business Continuity Plans for Commercial Banks in Zambia. - M. Simwayi

The Impact of Early Warning System on Food Security at Red Sea state, Eastern Sudan. - A. A. Ayadh

The Impact of Protracted Food Aid on Chipinge District Communities in Zimbabwe. - E. Jaka

Fire Emergency Preparedness at Schools: A case study for Secondary Schools in Moshi Rural District Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania - R. J. Kahwa

Disaster Risk Management in support of Community-based Adaptation of Climate Change Impact in North Turkana District of Kenya. -  M. Khaled

The Socio-economic Effects of Conservation Forming in Drought Mitigation: A case study of Mpina women in Kabwe, Zambia - K. N. Mhanbi-Musimwa

An Investigation into the prevalent types of conflicts, their indicators, the role played by these indicators and how conflict undermines the management of Disasters in Africa - T. Muzuwa

An Impact of floods on the Socio-economic livelihoods of people: A case study of Sikaunzwe Comminity in Kazangula District of Zambia - Y.P. Mwape

The investigation of Water Resources response to land-use change at Willowfontein - S. Nyide

Community-based hazard and vulnerability assessments: a case study in Lusaka informal settlement, City of Tshwane. - T. Thinda


Timor-Leste Data Readiness Assessment: A Platform for an effective, timely, targeted Humanitarian Response. - T. Chikoto

Survival Mitigation Strategies; Challenges and Opportunities: The Case of Women in Stokvels in Botshabelo, South Africa- A. Ncube


Environmental damage caused by Gold Panning in Gwanda District, Zimbabwe – D.Bhebhe

An Analysis of the Contingency Planning Systems for Disaster Management Authorities in South Africa - G. Chatora



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