Na­tional in­ter­ven­tions

Public Sector Manager - - Feature -

A num­ber of mea­sures have been im­ple­mented na­tion­ally to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion and are bear­ing fruit.These in­clude:

• The is­su­ing of reg­u­lar early warn­ing mes­sages.

• Drilling and equip­ping of bore­holes across all prov­inces.

• The ap­pli­ca­tion of wa­ter re­stric­tions to reg­u­late the use of wa­ter.

• The pro­vi­sion of an­i­mal feed and fod­der.

• Wa­ter tanker­ing in ar­eas of se­vere need.

• The pro­mo­tion of the use of drought re­sis­tant cul­ti­vars.

• Re­duc­tion of wa­ter us­age by in­dus­tries and other users, such as crop farm­ers.

• Change of tim­ing of cul­ti­va­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion, etc.

• De­sali­na­tion.

• Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and de­mand man­age­ment.

• Re­use op­ti­mi­sa­tion.

In ad­di­tion, R74.8 mil­lion was given to the Western Cape in Au­gust 2017 to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

The Min­is­ter said his depart­ment, through the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre, is cur­rently in the process of con­sid­er­ing re­quests from the North­ern Cape and Eastern Cape for fund­ing of re­sponse and re­cov­ery mea­sures.

From re­ports re­ceived by the IMTT so far, there is an in­di­ca­tion that the sit­u­a­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing with dam lev­els fall­ing week-on-week. Be­low are the read­ings of re­cent na­tional dam lev­els.

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