South Africa declares drought as national disaster

| Updated Mar 13, 2018 at 3:15pm

 

 

South Africa's government has declared a national disaster to deal with drought-stricken areas such as popular tourist destination Cape Town.

This will enable authorities to have access to special funds.

The announcement was made by Minister of Co-operative Governance, Zweli Mkhize.

He said that the decision was announced following work done by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity.

Six billion rand was set aside in the 2018/19 budget for bringing relief to affected communities.

Minister Mkhize emphasised that a stringent process will be followed when allocating relief funds.

The national disaster declaration covers a period of three months.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS



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