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KZN declared a 'disaster area'

This follows the worst drought to hit the country, which has also affected Limpopo and the North West.

FILE: Drought conditions had reached a critical stage months ago, when dam levels were at their lowest. Picture : CNN/ screen grab

CAPE TOWN - Government has declared KwaZulu-Natal a disaster area in the midst of the worst drought to hit the country in almost two decades.

Other areas include Limpopo and the North West.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, joined by his counterparts Lindiwe Zulu and Senzeni Zokwana, briefed the media this morning.

They were giving an update on the National Development Plan and Vision 2030 in Parliament today.

Apart from the high unemployment rate, Nkwinti says the decline in farming output is a concern.

"Within the next week, we're not expecting any significant rainfall. If anything, we are expecting some slight showers towards the end of the weekend, into early next week but nothing significant. And nothing in the quantities that we would like to see at this time of year."