DROUGHT TO BE CLASSIFIED AS NATIONAL DISASTER FOR WHOLE OF SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN– Within the next month, the entire country will be classified as being in a state of disaster because of the continuing drought and water shortages, says Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Des van Rooyen.

Van Rooyen, who made the announcement in Parliament here Wednesday, was among a raft of stakeholders appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Water and Sanitation which is examining what interventions are in place to deal with the drought crisis in three of the country’s provinces, especially Western Cape Province.

The drought also has an impact at the national level.

Van Rooyen told the committee: The classification of the drought as a disaster will legally assign the responsibility to the National Executive to co-ordinate the disaster, while a declaration which we are effecting in due course, will empower the Minister, or his delegate, to issue regulations or directives in dealing with the disaster.

Van Rooyen said the approach behind the declaration of a state of national disaster is a pro-active, pre-emptive plan which will reduce the risk of the impact of the drought going forward.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK