This centre is for all disasters

The Ugu District Disaster Management Centre in Marburg.

SO what is the latest on the Ugu District Disaster Management Centre (UDMC) which stands grandly off the R102, Marburg Extension 2?

After successful completion and opening of the first phase of the newly-built UDMC in November last year, plans have resumed to implement the second phase of this district disaster hub.

At a cost of R15.9-million, phase one comprised a block of offices and the external works. The second phase of this project is in the planning stage and is scheduled to commence in two years.

This phase entails the construction of the Ugu District Council Chambers, a Fire and Rescue Unit and more offices to have a fully-fledged UDMC.

France Zama, spokesman for Ugu District Municipality, said the UDMC was co-funded by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and is to become a fully-fledged disaster management centre to fully service all local municipalities and have a bigger impact in the management of disasters in the district.

“Since the establishment of the UDMC, the district municipality, in collaboration with the provincial disaster management centre, together with the local municipalities, has adequately responded to disaster incidents which have occurred in the district,” he said.


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Shona Aylward

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