Disaster management works to finalise WC disaster classification
Provincial Cabinet requested national govt to declare the WC a 'disaster zone' in the wake of drought.
CAPE TOWN - National and provincial disaster management teams are expected to finalise the classification of parts of the Western Cape as disaster areas.
Last year, the provincial Cabinet requested national government to declare the province a disaster zone in the wake of the worst drought in more than 20 years, which is affecting the country's agricultural sector.
The Central Karoo and West coast have been hard hit.
Part of the request is for relief funds to be made available.
Head of Western Cape Disaster Management Colin Deiner explains the process.
"There is a process that happens where the National Disaster Management Centre is to do an evaluation of the nature of the disaster and then they have to do a classification. What would happen is that then goes to National Treasury and the approvals get given for funding."
Deiner says disaster management teams were supposed to discuss the technical issues today, but the meeting has been postponed to tomorrow.