UNISA Short Course in Disaster Management (Contact)

UNISA Short Course in Disaster Management (Contact)

University of South Africa Short Course in Disaster Management (Contact)

Short Course in Disaster Management (Contact) (76171)



The principal aim of this short course is to train individuals in public and private institutions in various issues relating to disaster management. Special emphasis is placed on interaction between disasters and development and relevant disaster management legislation.

Target group

The Short Course in Disaster Management is tailor-made for people working in the field of disaster, risk and emergency management in either the public (all spheres of government) or private sector such as: disaster and risk managers; development officials; departmental line-functions; paramedics; 107 centre personnel; fire department personnel; police officers; health officials; traffic and municipal security personnel; town planners; NGOs; CBOs; private security and rescue companies; councillors


Three months

Language medium


Registration periods

Registration dates will be dependent on receipt of a formal written acceptance of UNISA’s quotation for a minimum of 15 students – this course is not for individuals – registration only in December to January and June to July

Tuition method

Face-to-face contact (not for individuals)

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Summative assessment:
One portfolio of evidence

Introduction to Disasters, Disaster Management and Business Continuity (SCDM01F)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Part 1
Disasters: types of disasters, the factors causing disasters and terminology
Part 2
Causes and characteristics of certain disasters
Identification and characteristics of certain hazards
UN response to disasters
Part 3
Interaction between disasters and development
Linking disasters and development
Part 4
Disaster and Business Continuity Management in South Africa
Green Paper on Disaster Management
White Paper on Disaster Management
Disaster Management Bill
Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002
Disaster Management Framework

Course leader

Prof G Naidoo  
Centre for Public Administration and Management 
Office 121, AJH van der Walt Building, Muckleneuk campus
Tel: 012 429 6746E-mail: naidog@unisa.ac.za

Programme administrator(s)

Ms M S Naane 
Office G01, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu Building, Pretoria Central 
Tel: 012 352 4244 
E-mail: naanems@unisa.ac.za