‘SA farmers must adapt to changing weather patterns’

Minister Edna Molewa says extreme weather conditions during the summer months are due to climate change.

Farming. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says South African farmers must adapt to changing weather patterns brought about by climate change.

The minister says extreme heat, uncharacteristic snowfall and cold fronts during the summer months have been caused by climate change, which has worsened over the past 15 years.

Molewa says in places such as northern KwaZulu-Natal, shorelines have already started receding while the western part of southern Africa continues to dry.

She says the effects of climate change can already be seen in places like Durban and says the ongoing drought means it's time for farmers to think differently.

"Rain patterns are changing. We're beginning to see snow falling where it never fell, in the Eastern Cape. In fact, right now, the Eastern Cape is one of

our provinces where we can actually plant maize."

She says the western parts of the country are becoming drier.

"In some instances also, much more densification is happening."

The minister says climate change can be reversed with the right development and energy use.

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