14 Mpumalanga municipalities affected by drought

2015-11-12 20:01


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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.

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