Funds for the Western Cape drought

The South African government has allocated about R70-million in relief funding. The funds will cater to the persistent drought in the Western Cape and serve as a reminder to all the South Africans to conserve every drop of water, a statement from cabinet said.

The cabinet further insists that all South Africans need to exercise daily water conservation because water levels are on a steady decline. This is despite the efforts already in place to ease the pressure on the country’s water sources. In addition, the seasonal rain that could come as a relief, is lower than normal. This means there is still more to be done with regards to water conservation.

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The funds will cater to the persistent drought in the Western Cape.
Image credit: eNCA,

The Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought, led by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, continues to monitor the drought conditions and offer the required support through relevant sector departments to mitigate the situation.

Some of the measures include the Department of Water and Sanitation’s preparations for the implementation of the Berg River to Voelvlei Augmentation Scheme. The end of this month will see the decision for the Environmental Impact Assessment record granted.

With a view to raising the finance to implement the project, the cabinet states that talks with major users are currently ongoing. When done, they will also approach the Ministers of Water and Sanitation together with Finance, for purposes of concurrence. The two will set borrowing limits for the projects.

Cabinet finally expressed gratitude to those in South Africa who have heeded the call to save water, while asking others to follow suit for their benefit.


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