Govt to assist drought-hit WC farmers

Funds will be made available for relief to assist farmers in the Central Karoo and the West Coast.

FILE. The national and provincial disaster management centres yesterday declared parts of the Western Cape disaster zones in the wake of the worst drought in more than 20 years. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - There's some relief for Western Cape farmers and some rural towns hit by the ongoing drought, with government set to channel funds into efforts to assist them.

The national and provincial disaster management centres yesterday declared parts of the Western Cape disaster zones in the wake of the worst drought in more than 20 years.

Classification means additional funds from national coffers will be made available for relief to assist farmers in the Central Karoo and the West Coast.

The towns of Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert and Witzenberg will also receive additional funding.

Western Cape disaster management's Colin Deiner says, "Within the allowances of the Disaster Management Act, we can make use of funding from various national departments and the structures that have been set up, to set up task teams and then to deal with the risks and the disaster areas."

Provincial government says it's looking at a figure around R60 million, but expects it to fluctuate.