OPINION | Dewald van Niekerk: Blaming nature for the KZN floods is avoiding taking responsibility | News24

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In the immediate aftermath of the floods in KwaZulu-Natal, we'll want to know who is to blame. Well its not nature, writes Dewald van Niekerk.

This narrative thatBlaming nature is a convenient way of absconding any responsibility. Such a belief shows a very narrow understanding of how disasters and disaster risks are created, and it leaves us powerless in the face of increasing natural phenomena.

Unemployment, poverty, inequality, corruption, uncontrollable urbanisation, poor urban planning and haphazard development, inadequate robust public infrastructure, little to no maintenance of infrastructure, questionable housing construction and enforcing of building codes, absence of disaster risk reduction, settling on marginal land including slopes , destroying wetland and estuaries, removing vegetation in landslide prone areas, poor disaster preparedness, are some of these underlying...

Until there is a realisation and acknowledgement that we are the creators of disaster risk and that disasters are the making of human beings, we will continue to see disasters of this magnitude for years to come.


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Mamai muru mhata dzevanhu ...kuuraya kwamoita vanhu mwari vanenge vachiona

Surprised. Couldn't find the A-word or the JvR name in this opinion piece. Very surprised.

For heavens sake not 1cent of relief money must be given 2 any ANC department! It will vanish Iike the morning mist into big back pockets of pals & famiy if past history is anything 2 go by.All funds should go to GIFT OF THE GIVERS it will not be stolen!

The late Elvis Nyathi

Yup the rain doesn’t fall from the sky 🤦‍♂️

Comon now we all know it's scientific weather manipulation, if you didn't know start learning about it

Obviously you will blame foreigners

Disasters are something we can avoid. We do this by building resilience to natural hazards. I hope this time we build better.

Do not give them money or aid in kind. Give it to Gift of the Givers who will appropriate every cent for the benefit of the people.

government departments run by useless people who don't have a clue what they are doing. You cant allow the balance with nature to be abused. If the drainage systems, waterways, litter control, squatters, laziness, not following proper building regulations.. This is what happens

Where's Malema helping KNZ flood victims? Is the EFF too busy printing ID documents for the illegals. Why is he attracting criminals from all over? Is there not enough crime in SA? WHY is the EFF not yet arrested for this? Seems that the Russian embassy is giving them advice.

So in 1987 it was also the National Party?

Richard_Spoor Fully the ANC government fault- the deaths and destruction lie at their feet. The ANC hates South Africans

And can you imagine the looting of relief funds they are going to have access too. Corrupt thieving pigs at the trough. KZNFlooding anc ANCEThekwini. Criminal cabal

Departments of Housing / Human Settlements Water and Sanitation as well as Transport ( roads bridges ports are to blame Go check the previous ministers of these departments for the last 29 years and proceed with MURDER CHARGES FOR THE LIVES LOST THAT WILL BE ACCOUNTABILITY

Richard_Spoor Fully the ANC government- the deaths and destruction lie at their feet. The ANC hates South Africans

😂🤣🇿🇦, we know who is 2 blame... The people's liberators 🤣😂😅.... The ANC... I cannot wait 4 some smart coon 2 say 'we inherited this problem 4rm the previous government' 🤣, ANCMustFall, ANC_Corrupting🇿🇦

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