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Water & Sanitation to shed light on drought conditions in SA

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will hold a briefing today, to outline possible strategies and interventions.

FILE. KwaZulu-Natal authorities say they expect to access money from a relief fund to alleviate the effect on what has now been declared a disaster area. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department will shed light today on the status of the drought South Africa currently faces.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be holding a briefing at the Rand Water headquarters in the south of Johannesburg, to outline possible strategies and interventions.

This week the water utility issued a notice to residents in some municipalities, calling for responsible water use.

Mokonyane is expected to update the country on current coping mechanisms to deal with the drought.

KwaZulu-Natal authorities say they expect to access money from a relief fund to alleviate the effect on what has now been declared a disaster area.

Other affected provinces include Limpopo, the North West and the Western Cape.

It's been forecast that significant rain is only expected in March next year.

In the meantime, farmers have been urged to find innovative production methods.

THE DROUGHT AND INFLATION RATES

As South Africa battles a crippling drought, increased food imports are expected to start having a visible impact on inflation rates.

And while a decrease in the petrol price is expected, economist Chris Hart says the drought may undo any visible relief on consumer's pockets.

"The drought will have a bigger effect on inflation and food prices than the petrol price at this stage. The drought will lead to higher food prices because we'll have to import."

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