Festive season may be challenging for drought-stricken KZN

KwaZulu-Natal has been declared a disaster area due to low rainfall and increasing temperatures.

FILE. The province's sugar cane region has been worst affected, with some mills forced to shut down. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal's Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department says it fears the festive season may be challenging for the drought stricken province.

KwaZulu-Natal has been declared a disaster area due to low rainfall and increasing temperatures.

The province's sugar cane region has been worst affected, with some mills forced to shut down.

Forecasters say significant rainfall is only expected in March next year.

The department's Nomusa Dube-Ncube says, "It is going to be a difficult time. That is why we are sending a message to everybody to save every drop of water. We're saying, if you're still taking more than five minute showers, you must know you're not saving water."