JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (NNN-SABC) — The South African Medical Association (Sama) says South Africa is likely to experience more water-related diseases in the next 20 years as a result of climate change.
Sama says five provinces in the country which have been declared drought disaster areas will soon experience an increase in water-related diseases.
The country’s persistent heat wave of maximum temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius has caused a lot of harm in food production.
Speaking on the Southern African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) AM Live programme here Tuesday, Sama Chairperson Dr Mzukisi Grootboom said these extreme weather patterns would eventually result in floods, droughts and heat waves.
Grootboom said South African needed to be involved in the limiting of its carbon footprint and fossil fuel. — NNN-SABC