Extreme weather has led to more frequent flooding. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: January 2022 look at which emergency services are involved during such disasters and give tips to stay safe.
Large parts of South Africa have suffered a severe drought for more than 6 years. Our article published from p30 in Servamus: January 2022 look at the impact of droughts on our lives; diseases during droughts and provide tips to save water.
Do you know what to do in case of a hazmat incident or vehicle crash? We provide valuable tips on what to do in such cases in our article published from p37 in Servamus: January 2022.
By Adv John I Welch
In Servamus: December 2021, I discussed how the killing or injuring of a human being may be justified in terms of our common law. The Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (the CPA) provides for the only other justification. The use of force, albeit justifiable, is a serious matter, but the taking of a life, even when you thought it should be taken, is even more serious.
By Annalise Kempen
For many South Africans the word “disaster” became a reality in March 2020 when the President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in the first of many “family meetings” to follow when he announced the country’s first lockdown. Seldom before had we paid attention to the Disaster Management Act and regulations as “disasters” were, in our minds, typically limited to areas that had been hit by a wildfire, drought or floods. When Mr Ramaphosa informed us that the coronavirus had been declared a national disaster, we all realised that this word was no longer only applicable during natural disasters - it became part of our daily lives. In fact, at the time of going to print at the beginning of December 2021, South Africa had already passed its 600th day in lockdown under the national state of disaster. Yet, disasters have been with us for much longer than the coronavirus and their impact in certain communities have been worse than this virus.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes are damaging events that change the lives of people within no time. When disasters strike, communities are pulled together to look for ways to support one another and protect what remains.
But there are exceptions - the few people in disaster areas who turn to antisocial activities, including resorting to crime. They engage in looting, sexual assaults, acts of domestic violence and fraud, to name a few crimes.
By Annalise Kempen
Each year during the dry season, which for the largest part of the country is the winter months, authorities warn us about our behaviour about making fire. We have often heard how a braai fire or a fire that was meant to keep people warm, resulted in the loss of property or sadly, even lives. Unfortunately, South Africa has also experienced massive wildfires which did not only affect a few households at a time but entire towns, communities or regions to such an extent that they were declared disasters.