14 Mpumalanga municipalities affected by drought

2015-11-12 20:01


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - Fourteen of Mpumalanga's 21 municipalities have been affected by severe drought, the provincial government announced during a post-executive council media briefing on Thursday.

The briefing involved provincial Health MEC Gillion Mashego and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Refilwe Mtsweni.

"Reports indicate 14 municipalities in the province are already severely affected by the drought conditions and the trends are indicative of a protracted dry season well into 2016," Mashego said.

He said the drought had already negatively affected livestock in the assessed municipalities.

"The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs has already reported negative impact due to high temperature and low rainfall, with loss of grazing and livestock," he said.

The province has since requested national intervention on the matter and was working on a plan of action.

Mashego said households in Chief Albert Luthuli in Carolina, Msukaligwa in Ermelo, Mkhondo in Piet Retief, Dr JS Moroka in KwaMhlanga, Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme in Amersfoort, Thembisile Hani in Kwaggafontein, Dipaleseng in Balfour, Govan Mbeki in Secunda, Lekwa in Standerton and, to a lesser extent, Emakhazeni, Thaba Chweu in Mashishing, Nkomazi in Malalane, Bushbuckridge and Umjindi in Barberton would soon experience water shortages.

Mtsweni said the province had not yet planned any prayers, but said they welcomed religious leaders and traditional doctors who wanted to mobilise public members to prayer.

"We have just alerted the disaster management unit of the situation and requested assistance from the national government." Mtsweni said indicating after assessments the province would know what kind of help could be provided.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  weather  |  drought

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.