Ongoing drought reclassified as a national disaster

Farms in the Western Cape are suffering under the current drought

"During the Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance stated that a provisional allocation of R6 billion has been set aside in the 2018/19 financial year for several purposes, including drought relief and to augment public infrastructure investment", said Mkhize.

"The drought in South Africa is, in some provinces, showing no signs of abatement", said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday. Industries such as livestock production, crop production, manufacturing and processing, tourism, and food security affected the country's trade balance, he said. On this basis, the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy notes that the impact of the drought can not be considered to be isolated from the global market.

Mkhize said SA "should continue to save water, as water is one of the indispensable commodities".

Other affected areas include parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and the Western Cape.

South Africa's persistent drought has now been declared a national state of disaster under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, an elevation from the initial disaster reclassification issued in February.

Mkhize, however, warned that these levels do not imply that these provinces are out of the woods in terms of drought conditions, as water scarcity remains a common condition of most of the communities calling for a change of behaviour and the safe use of water.

Despite scarcity of rain, the Gauteng province's dam levels are 92.8% full, followed by Mpumalanga at 77.9% and the Northern Cape at 67.9%.

The report showed that the drought-stricken Western Cape Province, the home of Cape Town, maintains the lowest dam levels in the country at 25.5 percent, having dropped from 26.1 percent in the previous week.

He explained that, if a disaster had been classified but not declared, then the responsible sphere of government - municipal, provincial or national - must deal with the disaster within the parameters of its existing legislation and contingency arrangements.

The DA's shadow minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Kevin Mileham, said his party welcomed the minister's declaration gazetted on Tuesday, but questioned why it took so long. The declaration now unlocks these funds.

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