South Africa declares drought as national disaster
| Updated Mar 13, 2018 at 3:15pm
South Africa's government has declared a national disaster to deal with drought-stricken areas such as popular tourist destination Cape Town.
This will enable authorities to have access to special funds.
The announcement was made by Minister of Co-operative Governance, Zweli Mkhize.
He said that the decision was announced following work done by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity.
Six billion rand was set aside in the 2018/19 budget for bringing relief to affected communities.
Minister Mkhize emphasised that a stringent process will be followed when allocating relief funds.
The national disaster declaration covers a period of three months.
SOURCE: BBC NEWS