Drought disaster declaration short-term: Mkhize

File: Government has declared the drought that has ravaged parts of Western and Eastern Cape a national disaster.

JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize says declaring the drought a national disaster is a short-term measure.

The water crisis has already ravaged a number of areas in the Western and Eastern Cape, forcing residents to limit water consumption.

“The declaration will cover a period of three months but we’ll review the situation every month. When we need to declare it further, we’ll do that. We’ll have a lot of advice from the observations from different provinces," he said.

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Mkhize said this approach will enable non-governmental organisations (NGOs), business and government to act together.

He called for elaborate regulations to refine coordination that are needed to eliminate the problem of water scarcity.

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The water crisis has been particularly difficult on Cape Town and parts of the Western Cape.

The Eastern Cape is also grappling with a water crisis, though not as bad as in the Western Cape.

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