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Province declared a drought disaster area

Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Lubabalo Mabuyane last week declared the province a drought disaster area.

The drought which is in its fifth year is caused by an unusual increase in temperatures and scarcity of rain, even during rainy seasons.

Climatologists are saying the weather is becoming more difficult to predict and that the prospects are dire.

Vodacom announced on Wednesday that it has committed R3.5 million to government’s drought relief funds, aimed at assisting drought-stricken municipalities in Eastern Cape as the province is grappling with the worst drought in 15 years.

Some of the worst-hit municipalities across the province include Sarah Baartman, Chris Hani, Amathole, Alfred Nzo, and Nelson Mandela, Joe Gqabi District and the OR Tambo District Municipalities.

“The money will go towards drilling and equipping boreholes (handpumps) and the supply of Water Trucks. Government departments and municipalities will continue providing support to both farmers and households affected by drought.

Declaring this means the government will now access more resources prioritised from allocated budgets,” said Mabuyane.


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