Cogta warns KZN residents to save water or face harsh consequences

2015-02-04 00:00

RESIDENTS in drought-stricken municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal that ignore the warning to save water, will face harsh consequences.

This severe warning came from the Department for Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), which said in a statement “the drought is getting out of control”.

They have urged people not to fill their swimming pools, wash their cars or water their gardens as the provincial government struggles to ensure water security in the province. “We are serious and for those who will not heed the call, there will be harsh consequences,” said KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

Residents who fail to heed the government’s call to conserve water will be severely fined, according to Dube-Ncube.

She said the provincial goverment required support from the public to manage the effects of this natural disaster.

Before the press conference, Dube-Ncube met with mayors to deliberate on the disbursement of R352 million from the national Department of Water and Sanitation allocated as disaster relief for KZN.

“I have told all mayors of districts that are affected by drought to channel this money where it is required. Under no circumstances shall we allow this money to be underspent. It is a drought relief fund and it must be used as such.”

The regions most affected by drought and declared disaster areas are: uMkhanyakude, uThungulu, Ilembe, Zululand, uMgungundlovu, Harry Gwala, uMzinyathi and uThukela.

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