Drought is currently worst in centuries: State under fire amid crisis

Drought is currently worst in centuries: State under fire amid crisis

- Expert Dr Gideon Groenewald says that his research indicates South Africa is currently in the grip of the worst drought in a millennium

- The hydrology analyst says the nation's smallest towns are taking the biggest knock as the crisis worsens

- Minister Lindiwe Sisulu claims that all would be well if citizens used the precious resource sparingly

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Dr Gideon Groenewald has done his homework and put forward that South Africa is in the midst of the worst drought in a thousand years.

Speaking to eNCA, the hydrology expert says that small towns are suffering, with many already having run out of water. However, Groenewald says there's no one to blame:

“We are in a drought that has lasted for about 20 years in short term, 220 years in longer term and it's now going to a 1 000 years according to my records, so it means no human being or institution can be blamed for the fact that the dams are dry."

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The South African reports that the situation is set to worsen with the Eastern Cape crippled as thousands go without water.

With livestock dying and crops failing in the face of months without rain, a disaster has been declared and municipalities are looking to the government for help.

The Democratic Alliance is adamant that the state is failing to acknowledge the extent of the problem, saying that a minimum of R1 billion should be allocated to the province to combat the crisis.

With the issue gaining national attention, Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has been criticised for failing to keep water flowing.

Sisulu told media representatives during a recent briefing that all would be well as long as citizens used the vital resource sparingly.

Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma had launched a R3.5 billion project to bring water to Limpopo villagers, but failed management had left residents high and dry five years later.

With a R3.5 billion price tag and opened by former president Jacob Zuma himself, the state has failed to connect the infrastructure to villages, lacking treatment plants and pipes to supply parched residents with the 'liquid gold'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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