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NELSON Mandela Bay is currently in the grip of a devastating drought that has seen the combined dam levels supplying the metropole drop below 20%.

Retief Odendaal, MPL and Shadow MEC for Finance in a media statement said despite this, the previous coalition during its two years in government from 2018 to 2020, failed to spend conditional grants given to the metropole for drought mitigation measures, totalling R188 million rand.

“National Treasury has subsequently refused to roll over these funds. A capable state would never have allowed matters to deteriorate to this level and would have ensured that the grant funding was spent in the first place,” said Odendaal.

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