Parts of WC declared ‘disaster areas’

The classification means additional funds will be made available for relief to assist farmers.

The Central Karoo and the West Coast, where farmers have lost crops and stock, will also be assisted with funding. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Parts of the Western Cape affected by the drought have been declared disaster zones.

Last year, the Provincial Cabinet requested national government to declare the province a disaster area in the wake of the worst drought in more than 20 years, which is affecting the country's agricultural sector.

Classification means additional funds from national coffers will be made available for relief to assist farmers and affected municipalities.

Head of Western Cape Disaster Management Colin Deiner says, "A decision was made between ourselves and the National Disaster Management Centre not to declare a provincial state of disaster but rather to look at the two areas where we requested disaster declaration; one being the three towns of Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert and Wittenberg to be declared disaster areas."

The Central Karoo and the West Coast, where farmers have lost crops and stock, will also be assisted with funding.