World South African Government Declares Drought a National Disaster

13:43  13 february  2018
13:43  13 february  2018 Source:   Bloomberg

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South Africa will not declare a national disaster in response to its worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve the The country’s largest grain producer group Grain SA called on the government last week to declare a national disaster - a move that would release

We implore the Minister to act in the best interests of the thousands of South Africans who endure the effects of the drought every day and declare this a national disaster so We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons.

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(Bloomberg) -- The South African government has declared the drought affecting the southern and western areas of the country a national disaster.

The decision hands primary responsibility to coordinate and manage measures to deal with the drought to the national executive, according to a statement by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday.

The government will “strengthen and support the disaster management structures to implement contingency plans and ensure that immediate relief, recovery and reconstruction measures are put in place to enable the national executive to effectively deal with the effects of this disaster,” according to the statement.

Cape Town, which is contending with the worst drought on record, has pushed out the estimated date on which it may have to turn off water supplies to residents by about four weeks to May 11, as use by farmers declines.

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