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Govt declares national state of disaster to deal with drought

13 March 2018 9:59 AM
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Drought
Water restrictions
Cape Town water crisis
Day zero
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize
Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize says that a stringent process will be followed to allocate drought relief funds.

CAPE TOWN - National government has declared a national state of disaster to deal with the country’s drought crisis.

The Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity made the announcement at Parliament earlier this morning.

As outlined during the 2018/2019 Budget Speech, an amount of R6 billion has been set aside to bring relief to affected communities.

Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize says that a stringent process will be followed to allocate drought relief funds.

Mkhize says officials are dead set on insuring communities will never reach a situation where taps run dry.

He emphasizes the Day Zero phenomenon is not a concept adopted by national government.

The declaration covers a period of three months.


This article first appeared on EWN : Govt declares national state of disaster to deal with drought


13 March 2018 9:59 AM
Tags:
Drought
Water restrictions
Cape Town water crisis
Day zero
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

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