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South Africans urged to save water

The government has warned that the drought gripping SA is likely to continue through the spring season.

FILE: Water runs from a tap. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africans have been urged to save water and report any vandalism of bulk infrastructure, with the government warning that the drought gripping the country is likely to continue through the spring season.

The inter-ministerial task team on drought gave an update on government's efforts to ease the impact of the worst drought in decades at Parliament this afternoon.

Task team chairperson, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, says recovery from the drought will take longer because rain during the spring planting season is forecast to be lower than normal.



"Although some areas are receiving rains and flooding, such as KwaZulu-Natal, the drought conditions have not improved; the dams across our beloved country are at their lowest levels in years."

Government has sent in tankers with millions of litres of waters for communities in Gauteng, North West, the Free State, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

"We call on all South Africans to make a concerted effort to save water and use it wisely, as well as take care of the public infrastructure within our communities".

Van Rooyen says the National Agricultural Marketing Council is monitoring food prices after crops and grazing for livestock failed, driving up prices and putting farmers under severe pressure.

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