Northern Cape to be declared disaster area because of intense drought

Northern Cape to be declared disaster area because of intense drought

- The Northern Cape's drought is considered so bad that the province will be declared a disaster area

- The ongoing drought has resulted in many losses in stock and even jobs had to be cut

- So far, R300 million has been set aside to address the matter and bring relief

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The Northern Cape is in the merciless grip of an ongoing drought that has caused stock and job losses.

Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul and Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu have agreed that the province has it so bad that it should be labelled a disaster area.

Mbulelo Tshangana, Director-General of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation stated that the announcement will be made soon, according to TimesLIVE.

"The province will issue a statement declaring the drought in the province as a disaster soon. Only the province has the power to make this declaration."

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Briefly.co.za learnt that Minister Sisulu has put aside R300 million to help bring relief. About 80% of the province is affected by the drought.

The farming industry in the Northern Cape has been affected very badly as well, as jobs had to be cut and livestock killed off.

It's estimated that more than 62 000 job losses have been recorded and about 20% of farmers' livestock lost.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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