Gideon van Riet
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 2, No 1 | a11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v2i1.11 | © 2009 Gideon van Riet | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2009 | Published: 25 April 2009

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Gideon van Riet, A researcher in disaster risk reduction at the African Centre for Disaster Studies at North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus - South Africa.

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When O’Keefe, Wisner and Westgate (1976) in their now seminal article wanted to “take the naturalness out of natural disasters” the response from the broader academic and development communities was not very positive. How could you prevent something that was inevitable or an act of God?


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