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Resilience is key to disaster risk reduction <span><p>The Women & Girls Invisible Force of Resilience programme started on 18 June 2024 with 19 learners from Tafelsig, Mondale, Portlands and AZ Burman High Schools in Mitchells Plain attending. </p><p>The week long programme included learning about disaster management concepts such as disaster preparedness, how to identify hazards and how to be an emergency ambassador. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:848px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The programme started off at the DRMC in Goodwood and moved to other venues for the remainder of the course.</p><p> </p><p>Other topics and learning interventions covered during the programme included;</p><p> </p><ul><li>Early warning systems</li><li>Neighbourhood resilience assessment</li><li>Flood and fire mitigation</li><li>Plastic Pollution </li><li>Impacts of Climate Change </li><li>Waste management </li><li>Self-defence course </li><li>Bullying in schools </li><li>Basic fire fighting</li><li>First Aid  <br><br> <br><br>The group also learnt valuable tips about disaster preparedness in the home, and that families should have a disaster preparedness plan, which includes how to take care of animals during a disaster. The South Africa Weather Service provided valuable insights on extreme weather events and early warning systems . <br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1018px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>On Thursday, participants spent the day at the City's Rondevlei nature reserve where they went on a hike and learned about the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems. The following day participants were put through their paces at the Smart Living Centre in Cape Town where they discussed climate change in the Western Cape, water saving and recycling, among others.</p><p> </p><p>'I'm excited to see the level of interest and the willingness to learn. The knowledge and skills learnt during the programme will put participants in good stead to one day be better prepared to deal with real life disasters, but also how to reduce the risks in their homes and communities. We hope that they will become ambassadors for disaster risk reduction and that they will share knowledge and increase awareness in their environment on the importance of resilience and preparedness,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p> </p><p>Participants who completed the programme will receive certificates during a ceremony at DRMC Auditorium in Goodwood on Saturday, 29 June 2024. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Caption 1:</strong> Participants at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve </p><p><strong>Caption 2:</strong> City staff members and participants at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-06-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#792a36fa-9d0a-4f24-9f63-98557db59729;L0|#0792a36fa-9d0a-4f24-9f63-98557db59729|Mitchells Plain;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#2ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b;L0|#02ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b|Disaster Risk Management10


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