CAPE TOWN, The Cabinet has called on South Africans to continue using water sparingly, reminding them that they live in a water-scarce country.
Cabinet calls on all to continue to work with Government in conserving water by using it responsibly and sparingly, new Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said here Thursday when briefing the media for the first time in her new portfolio. This was also the first briefing of the year under the new Cabinet.
The drought in Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces has been elevated to a national state of disaster. The drought has been attributed to the effects of global warming which continue to affect rain patterns, causing dam levels in the country to remain low. This is in addition to the fact that South Africa is a water-scarce country.
The challenge has prompted the government to set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Drought, which, together with stakeholders in all spheres of government and society, is dealing with the persistent drought conditions which have hit several parts of the country.
Mokonyane said the Cabinet appreciates the relentless efforts made by the IMC on Drought as it continues to facilitate work among the national government, the provinces and municipalities in all drought-affected areas. This includes implementing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address and mitigate the potential impact of the drought.
Government has made funds available to provide short-term assistance to affected provinces. It has provided a relief grant worth 473 million Rand and an additional six billion Rand in the 2018/19 financial year to augment water infrastructure in the Western CapeS Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, she said.
She added that the Cabinet remains committed to making South Africa, despite the drought, a country of choice for visitors and potential investors alike.
Source: NAM News Network