In South Africa and Africa as a whole, limited opportunities exist to scrutinize and debate burning issues surrounding disaster risk reduction. For some time the ACDS has considered the idea of implementing an annual lecture that will stimulate consideration and discussion of disaster risk reduction matters. To this end it was decided to introduce the Pat Reid Annual Lecture from 2006 (renamed the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture from 2012).
The naming of the lecture has provided an opportunity to recognise the work and dedication of a pioneer in the disaster risk reduction fraternity in South Africa. The aim of the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction is to provide a platform from which internationally recognised experts can address a topical disaster risk reduction issue, which will also elicit some debate.
The first Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Ms. Pat Reid with the topic:
Risky mind-sets and clichés: the challenges of mainstreaming disaster risk management into development practices.
The fifth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Mr. James Lewis on 14 September 2010 with the title:
“Corruption: the hidden perpetrator of under-development and vulnerability to natural hazards and disasters.”
From 2012 the Pat Reid Annual Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction will be known as the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction.
The seventh Pat Reid Memorial Lecture was presented by Prof. Ken Hewitt (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) at the first Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction with the title: “Disasters in ‘development’ contexts: Social vulnerability, precautionary and preventive concerns“.
Dr. Bernard Manyena presented the 11th Pat Reid Memorial Lecture during the Third Biennial SASDiR Conference in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with the topic: “El Niño-induced drought disaster: a critical juncture for a paradigm shift in disaster risk reduction approaches in Southern Africa.”