Port Elizabeth International Airport, Airports Company South Africa

The airport currently handles more than one million passengers per year and over 800 tons of cargo, including flowers, frozen lobster, meat, ostrich skins and mushrooms. The growth of tourism in the region, along with preparations for the 2010 football world cup, have required a number of improvements including a terminal expansion which can now handle up to two million passengers every year. This facility provides a central retail area as well as a fully compliant international arrivals and departures terminal to complement upgraded amenities for domestic traffic.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Disaster Management Centre

Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality is a Category A municipality. Nelson Mandela Bay is a major seaport and automotive manufacturing centre located on the south-eastern coast of Africa in the Eastern Cape province. It is the economic powerhouse of the Eastern Cape province and one of six metropolitan areas in South Africa. The city is a holiday hot spot for both national and international tourists. The predominant languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. Its boundaries are formed by Cassie Mountain View in the north, Cape Recife in the south, Van Stadens River Mouth in the west, and Sundays River Mouth in the east. The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality was established on 5 December 2000. Nelson Mandela Bay was the first city in South Africa to establish a fully integrated democratic local authority and the only city in the world named after Nelson Mandela, who was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern Cape.

South African Weather Service

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is a Section 3(a) public entity under the Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs and is governed by a Board of Directors. The company became a public entity on 15 July 2001 in terms of the South African Weather Service Act (No. 8 of 2001). It is an authoritative voice for weather and climate forecasting in South Africa and as a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) it complies with international meteorological standards. As an Aviation Meteorological Authority, SAWS is designated by the state to provide weather services to the aviation industry, marine and a range of other identified clients and to fulfill a range of international obligations of the government. We provide two distinct services, namely public good services that are funded by government, and paid-for commercial services. The South African Weather Service’s countrywide observational network consists of:

  • 214 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)
  • 25 Climate Stations (1 x 1st order, 3 x 2nd order & 21 x 3rd order stations)
  • 1277 Rainfall Stations
  • 131 Automatic Rainfall Stations
  • 23 Sea Surface Temperature Stations
  • 12 Voluntary Observing Ships
  • 50 Weather buoys in the South Atlantic and South Indian Ocean
  • 14 Meteorological Radar Systems
  • 1 Global Atmosphere Watch Station at Cape Point
  • 2 Dobson Ozone Spectrophotometre Stations in Irene and Springbok. (A third to operate at Cape Point)
  • 1 Baseline Surface Radiation Network Station in De Aar
A national UVB Biometer network
  • 24 Lightning Detection Sensors (excluding 1 in Swaziland)
  • 6 Air Quality Measuring and Monitoring Stations (DEA infrastructure being maintained by SAWS)
  • 10 Upper-air Sounding Stations with Irene also conducting ozone soundings

First City 1875

Officially Established: 7th October 1875 – Gazetted on the 18th November 1875 (Unofficially Established as the Albany Levy on the 4th October 1822 the fore runner of Graham’s Town Volunteers 8th January 1835 from which we claim our heritage Family Tree of First City – Names, Title & Lineage: The Grahamstown and Albany men are the earliest volunteers under the old British system in South Africa, having formed the Albany Levy on the 4th October 1822 but as far as we know there is no continuity to the Graham’s Town volunteers of 1835 and the first city of 1875 except that of individuals and families that still server the regiment. The present OC and RSM had forefathers who served in the old Albany Levy. The strong Scottish connection to first city goes back to the founding of Grahamstown in 1812 by Colonel John Graham of Fintry Late of the 93rd Highlanders who comes from the family of the Grahams of Montrose.

South African National Defence Force

The SANDF (South African National Defense Force) is the main protector of the country against all threats. They also act as first responders during disaster situations and are responsible for the safety and security of the general public. Stenden South Africa has signed a Service Level Agreement with the SANDF by which the SANDF will assist us (SSA) in the training of our students in the following fields: Fire Awareness, Identification and Storage of Weapons, Arms and Ammunition, Map Reading and GPS Skills, Tracking, Camouflage, Field Art and Survival, Building, Maintenance and Management of Refugee Camps, Communication Skills (Radio-speech Procedures.)

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Disaster Management Center

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is situated on the east coast of the Eastern Cape province, South Africa. The boundaries of the newly established municipality now include a large area characterised by very different features. Two former municipalities, (Transitional Local Councils) that of East London and King William’s Town – have merged into one. Other areas that were previously not included in either of them are now part of Buffalo City. The municipality was established as a local municipality in 2000 after South Africa’s reorganisation of municipal areas and is named after the Buffalo River, at whose mouth lies the only river port in South Africa. On 18 May 2011 Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality was separated from the Amathole District Municipality and converted into a metropolitan municipality. History was made in Buffalo City when the City elected its first female mayor on Friday, 17 March 2006. The area has a well-developed manufacturing base, with the auto industry playing a major role. The climate is mild, with year-round sunshine. Average rainfall is 850mm.

The NSRI, Port Alfred

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has over 900 unpaid volunteers who respond 24/7/365 to save lives on South African waters. We also teach disadvantaged children about basic water safety through our proactive educational initiative the WaterWise Academy.


The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) was established on the 1st April 1998 under the SAMSA Act 5 of 1998. SAMSA’s mandate is:

    • To ensure safety of life and property at sea
    • To prevent and combat pollution from ships in the marine environment; and
    • To promote the Republic’s maritime interests

SAMSA has also been charged with the responsibility of executing the following:

Administration of the Merchant shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulation, 2007, as amended (the Regulations). The Regulations extends SAMSA’s Core mandate to include inland waterways (only waterways accessible to the public) within the Republic. That is to ensure boating safety on our waters. Implementing and executing the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of vessels along the South African coastline. The Long-Range vessels monitoring system assist in securing South Africa’s coastal waters in the midst of the rising lawlessness at sea, with particular reference to the worrying scourge of pirate attacks along the east coast of Africa.


Vision, Mission and Values of the South African Police Service:

The Vision of the South African Police Service is to –

      • create a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa

The Mission of the South African Police Service is to –

      • prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community
      • investigate any crimes that threaten the safety and security of any community
      • ensure offenders are brought to justice
      • participate in efforts to address the causes of crime

The Values of the South African Police Service are to –

      • protect everyone’s rights and to be impartial, respectful, open and accountable to the community
      • use the powers given to us in a responsible way
      • provide a responsible, effective and high-quality service with honesty and integrity
      • evaluate our service continuously and make every effort to improve on it
      • ensure an effective, efficient and economic use of resources
      • develop the skills of all members through equal opportunity
      • cooperate with all communities, all spheres of Government and other relevant role-players

To fulfill in the vision and mission of the South African Police Service, all members are subjected to the South African Police Service’s Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct of the South African Police Service was introduced on 31 October 1997. The Code of Conduct is a written undertaking which each member of the South African Police Service is obliged to uphold, in order to bring about a safe and secure environment for all people of South Africa.

Ethical policing demands that all employees of the South African Police Service –

      • act with integrity
      • respect for people’s diversity and the law
      • perform their duties according to the Code of Ethics


The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) aims to advance the discipline and create learning and networking opportunities. DMISA, has engaged with the Southern Afircan Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) on various occasions. Regular meetings between DMISA leadership and the NDMC ensures a constant flow of information from functionaries in all spheres of government, directly to the NDMC – cutting red tape and improving cooperation and understanding. DMISA is a self-governing body commited to standardization, and hosts the biggest annual Disaster Risk Management conference in Africa – routinely attracting more than 350 delegates.