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R6b earmarked to deal with 'national disaster' drought crisis

A national contingency plan is in place to deal with the drought crisis in the country.

That's from the Head of the National Disaster Management Centre at the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Dr Mmaphaka Tau's comments come after government declared the current drought a national disaster.

R6-billion rand has been set aside to deal with the crisis.

The money will be accessed through the normal verification processes to cover the whole country.

Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Head National Disaster Management Centre at Dept. of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

We will coordinate multi-sectoral efforts, that will include other entities including NGO's and the private sector.

Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Head National Disaster Management Centre at Dept. of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Dr Tau says R74.8-million has already been allocated to the Western Cape and says meetings are taking place to prioritise how the R6-billion should be spent.

The R6-billion will also take into account whether the projects that are identified do not fall under service delivery programs, which means they might have to be funded by other interventions.

Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Head National Disaster Management Centre at Dept. of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

How will the R6b be spent? Listen to the full interview below:


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