Drought to be declared a national disaster

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KwaZuluCo-operative governance minister, Des van Rooyen, says the country has still not recovered from the 2014 drought with the Western Cape being the hardest hit.

He says the average dam levels in all nine provinces are still low.

He’s been addressing media in parliament this afternoon on the country’s water situation.

“The situation is deteriorating. As of the 7th of February, 2018 – Eastern Cape recorded 60.7%, Gauteng 94.6%, KwaZulu-Natal 52.6%, Northern Cape 76.2%, Limpopo 65.3%, Western Cape coming at the lowest at 23.7%,” he says.

The minister says the drought could be declared a national disaster on or before 14 February 2018.

Following the declaration – he says directives will then be put in place by the ministerial team so to implement measures country-wide to mitigate the situation.

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