Northern Cape farming community crippled by drought

The Northern Cape is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Government has promised R30-million towards fodder for farming communities.

NORTHERN CAPE - According to the United Nations, poor areas will be hardest hit by climate change.

This is being dubbed “climate apartheid” when the wealthy are able to pay to escape the effects of climate change while those without the means suffer.

One such area is the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape, which is being crippled by drought.

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Middelpos' population dropped from about 600 residents in 2011 to just 200 last year.

People have been leaving in droves, trying to escape the drought.

For those who have either decided to stay or simply don’t have the means to leave, life has been difficult.

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Farmers are feeling the sting. 

Louis Fourie said without the support it would not be possible to go on much longer.

“With the drought, everyone has to help,” he said.

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Government has allocated R30-million for fodder to help farming communities in the Northern Cape.

But for now, private donations are keeping these regions afloat.