Government allocates millions more to drought relief efforts

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There could be a shortage of clean water if South Africans do not work to conserve it.

CAPE TOWN - Government would set aside another R96.6-million to help with drought relief efforts across the country, minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

“This [relief efforts] includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for distribution of water to affected areas, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, water conservation and demand management,and water source augmentations,” Radebe said.

Other efforts would include the department of rural development and land reform allowing the relocation of livestock to state-owned land “where there is still better pasture”.

Radebe encouraged South Africans to get behind water-saving measures that are being implemented.

“These include introducing water restrictions, monitoring adherence to water restrictions, applying penalties where necessary, prioritising the repair of water leaks, promoting water-efficient technologies such as low-flush toilets cisterns, rainwater harvesting, and the use of grey water for irrigation.”

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