Drought could be declared national disaster

Cape Town - The National Disaster Management Centre will say by February 14 whether it will declare the drought and overall water scarcity in some provinces a national disaster, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen said on Thursday.

"Currently, efforts are under way to classify the drought as a national disaster," Van Rooyen said at a media briefing in Cape Town. "This process will be finalised on or before February 14, 2018.

" He said the process of declaration was prescribed in the Disaster Management Act. The three provinces - the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape - have already been declared provincial disasters. The first step in terms of the act, would be to reclassify them national disasters.

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