Disaster teams dispatched to South Coast

2015-11-11 06:00

TECHNICAL and disaster management teams have been dispatched to the South Coast by the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to try and find solutions to the ongoing salty water problem.

The drought, which has caused the flow of the Umzimkhulu River to weaken, allowing the sea to flow upstream to the pump-station is said to be the worst in 23 years. The entire province has as a result been declared a disaster zone by national government.

DA constituency leader for South Coast and member of provincial parliament Dr Rishigen Viranna said these water shortages are the result of poor water management, poor infrastructure management and inadequate contingency planning for drought.

“This is not just an immediate crisis. It is a disaster with the holiday season just weeks away. Hibiscus Coast locals are heavily reliant on this golden economic period which is now in serious jeopardy,” said Viranna.

On Tuesday Cogta MEC Nomsa Dube-Ncube confirmed that R35 million was allocated to Ugu from national government last year to go towards drought relief projects.

“Cogta is ensuring that all allocated funds are being used timeously for the intended purpose. Money alone will not solve the drought crisis. We need everyone to play their role in conserving water and to think about every drop as if it was the last drop. We need a change of lifestyle and accept that as South Africa we are a water- scarce country,” said Dube-Ncube.

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