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Disaster management and humanitarian logistics – A South African perspective

Wilna L. Bean, Nadia M. Viljoen, Hans W. Ittmann, Elza Kekana
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 5, No 1 | a20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v5i1.20 | © 2011 Wilna L. Bean, Nadia M. Viljoen, Hans W. Ittmann, Elza Kekana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2011 | Published: 30 November 2011

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Wilna L. Bean, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Nadia M. Viljoen, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Hans W. Ittmann, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa
Elza Kekana, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa

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Abstract

Disasters are becoming an unavoidable part of everyday life throughout the world, including South Africa. Even though South Africa is not a country affected by large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, the impact of disasters in South Africa is aggravated significantly by the vulnerability of people living in informal settlements. Humanitarian logistics, as a ‘new’ sub-field in the supply chain management context, has developed significantly recently to assist in disaster situations. This paper provides an overview of the South African humanitarian logistics context. Even though humanitarian logistics plays a critical role in the aftermath of disasters, it extends far beyond events that can typically be classified as ‘disasters’. Therefore the implication of the South African humanitarian logistics context on future research and collaboration opportunities in South African humanitarian logistics is also discussed. Finally, two recent case studies in the South African humanitarian logistics environment are discussed.

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