More money for drought relief in SA - Radebe

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Cape Town – More money has been added to support the country’s drought relief efforts, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Briefing the media on the outcomes of the fortnightly Cabinet meeting in Parliament, Radebe said government had added an additional R96.6m to the initial R352.6m set aside to support the country's drought relief efforts.

"This includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for the distribution of water to affected areas, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, water conservation and demand management and water source augments."

He said Cabinet was satisfied with the work of the committee on the drought, which was established by President Jacob Zuma.

In the worst affected regions, the rural development and land reform department would allow the relocation of livestock onto state owned land where there was still better pasture.

Radebe said the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department was working with mayors to implement water saving measures.

These included introducing water restrictions, monitoring adherence to water restrictions and applying penalties where necessary.

It would also include prioritising the repairing of water leaks, promoting water efficient technologies such as low-flush toilet cisterns, rainwater harvesting and the use of grey water for irrigation, he said.

Radebe also urged communities to use water sparingly.

The country has been hit by what has been called the worst drought in 23 years, with the Free State declared a drought disaster area, among other provinces.

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