Contingency plan for disasters

2015-06-04 06:00
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UMgungundlovu        district Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee says the district has secured a commitment of R82 million from the Global          Adaptation Fund for the climate-change adaptation project.

PHOTO:SUPPLIED UMgungundlovu district Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee says the district has secured a commitment of R82 million from the Global Adaptation Fund for the climate-change adaptation project.

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WITH the changing climate which has left some parts of the Midlands disaster areas in the past, UMgungundlovu district municipality has come up with a contingency plan aimed at reducing the negative impact of climate change.

Delivering the 2015/16 district budget last week, Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said the district has secured a commitment of R82 million from the Global Adaptation Fund for the climate-change adaptation project.

Delivering his speech, he said: “Climate change is increasingly affecting supply and access to basic services such as water and sanitation. Numerous climate change studies have indicated that the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands area, within uMgungundlovu district municipality, is an area of climate-change risk and is one of three climate change hot spots in South Africa.

“Once the funds from the climate-change adaptation project are available, they will be used to reduce the vulnerability of communities and small-scale farmers against the impact of climate change.

“This will be achieved by increasing climate resilience and adaptive capacity by combining traditional and scientific knowledge in an integrated approach.”

The adaptation project will target Vulindlela, Swayimane and Nhlazuka in Richmond. Bhamjee raised concerns about water scarcity in some areas, saying the municipality has partnered with the Department of Water and Sanitation Affairs and Cogta to respond to affected areas.

“The district is also plagued by high water loss. We have launched a R230 million asbestos cement replacement project for Hilton and Merrivale. The main objective is to reduce the current high level of non-revenue water consumption due primarily to burst pipes, leakage from pipe joints, old valves and faulty meters.

Positives about the budget

• A bulk-water project will be launched in the Greater Eston and Richmond areas where 100 000 residents from Mkhambathini and Richmond will have access to uninterrupted portable water.

• Municipality has embarked on a training programme focusing on scarce skills for unemployed youth.

• UMgungundlovu district will be one of the municipalities that will benefit from the multibillion broadband programme

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