Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002

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57 of 2002

The Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 intends 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.


  • 1 April 2004, Chapters 2, 3 and 4; Chapters 1, 6 and 8 in so far as they relate to the Chapters referred to in sub-subparagraph (i)
  • 1 July 2004, Remaining provisions of the Act


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