Drought declared a national disaster


ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize addressing the three-day Gauteng provincial general council (PGC) in Pretoria.

CAPE TOWN - The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday declared the country&39;s drought crisis to be a national disaster.



He was speaking on behalf of the government&39;s Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on Drought and Water Scarcity.

He said the decision was gazetted at 10:00 CAT on Tuesday, thus allowing for special disaster funds to be accessed in terms of Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act.

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Mkhize said that with the severity of  the drought in the Western Cape, some parts of the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape, government felt it necessary to look at accessing special disaster funds. (see the full statement below).



Statement by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity