Thursday, December 17, 2009

Drought disaster in Southern Cape

By Khanyisa Tabata
17 December 2009


A severe drought in parts of the Western Cape has forced the National Disaster Management Centre to declare the Eden District a disaster area.

Provincial environmental affairs MEC Anton Bredell say the affected areas include Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Water tariffs have been increased to cut consumption. Bredell says the affected municipalities have also been given 53-million-Rands to fund boreholes, desalination facilities and the treatment of effluent water.

Holiday makers are being informed about water restrictions.

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