Who are we?
DMS (Disaster Management Solutions) is a private company created with a clear vision of "Capacitating people to manage disaster and business risk and prosper in a safe and sustainable environment". DMS was founded in 1999 after a group of individuals decided to support private sector and the South African Government's efforts to reduce the risks associated with disasters. The focus initially was on business continuity management in the private sector, but was expanded to include disaster risk management as intended by the Disaster Management Act when promulgated in 2003.
DMS’ vision is to play a significant part in the development of individuals and organisations to ensure a safe and prosperous Southern Africa. This is to be achieved through a solutions-based capacity building and consultative approach, in order to meaningfully contribute towards the reduction of disaster and business risks and building of resilient communities in Southern Africa.
We develop competency (Knowledge, Skills & Attitude, Tools & Empowerment) and provide workable solutions.
The DMS way
DMS does not follow a traditional consultant approach but believes in building the internal capacity of its clients to manage their own risks in a way which no externally driven process can. DMS believes in the importance of applying the right human knowledge, skills and attitude to reach goals, versus finite systems limiting and constricting human creativity and resourcefulness.
DMS bases its capacity building facilitation on adult learning and lifelong learning principles. A variety of learning methods like lectures, group discussions, playing games (edutainment), coaching, case studies and individual assignments forms part of the facilitated learning process. A process of self-assessment and continuous assessment / observation from the facilitator is used to assess whether the learner has reached the outcomes.
DMS has access to an extensive pool of excellent fulltime and part-time facilitators, trainers and experts with wide international, national, provincial and local government disaster risk management and business continuity experience. Core competencies do not only include cutting-edge knowledge, skills and experience in disaster risk management, but also of related fields such as strategic & business planning, financial modelling, emergency medical services, fire and rescue services, public management, occupational health and safety, information and communications technology, policy analysis, environmental management and project & programme management.
We believe our clients’ needs drive our business;
We treat all individuals and stakeholders with respect and dignity;
We are loyal to God, our clients, our company and ourselves;
We are committed to strict financial controls and
We support balanced moral and ethical principles
Business focus and approach
DMS support clients in their search for solutions to specific company needs. DMS also enables individuals to obtain accredited qualifications while developing and implementing their Business Continuity Management (BCM) or Disaster Risk Management programmes (DRM) in accordance with international good practice and other compliance requirements. This includes capacitating people with the ability, skills and knowledge to manage their own Business Continuity Management or Disaster Risk Management programme to maturity.
Attributes of the proven integrated and participated process:
DMS is a Level 4 Contributor to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment
Membership / Accreditation
Product / service offering
We capacitate and enable individuals to enhance their disaster risk management and business continuity management programmes through a number of value-adding services designed to make it easy to use.
DMS developed a variety of short learning programmes to capacitate learners with the required skills, knowledge and attitude to perform their respective functions in business continuity and disaster risk management, as well as generic management.
Professional consultation services
Having access to a comprehensive number of excellent consultants, we render professional consultant services to the business continuity, disaster management and related industries. Our team of specialists is ready to provide expert inputs and help individuals to conduct programme audits, table-top and simulation exercises, risk assessments (hazard and vulnerability identification), training needs analysis and other specialist tasks. Whenever necessary, we will source suitably qualified specialists and subcontract such service to deliver the quality product that our client needs.
A team of experienced facilitators are available and eager to help individuals through professional workshop facilitation to develop their own disaster risk management and business continuity management policy, framework, plans and processes, based on international best practice.
Partners and associates
The DMS Team has a wide range of qualifications and experience, listed below: