R6bn set aside for drought ‘disaster’

JOHANNESBURG – Agrculture sector lobby groups have welcomed the declaration of drought as a national state of disaster and said they expected farmers to benefit from the R6 billion earmarked to address the crisis.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize announced yesterday that he had declared the drought a national state of disaster in terms of Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act. The decision was subsequently published in the Government Gazette.

“The declaration of a state of disaster at any level is not primarily aimed at requesting funding,” Mkhize said. “It is aimed at activating extraordinary measures which may …read more