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WC Legislature debates water supply, effects of drought

A few provinces have been declared disaster areas as a result of the drought, but not the Western Cape.

FILE: Rising food prices are among the effects of an ongoing drought across the country. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Legislature has been debating water supply, the effects of drought and whether the province should be declared a disaster zone.

Rising food prices are among the effects of an ongoing drought across the country.

A few provinces have been declared disaster areas as a result of the drought, but the Western Cape is not one of them.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Beverley Schafer has once again called on national government to declare the Western Cape as a disaster zone, which will release an R88 million relief fund.

But the African National Congress' (ANC) Richard Dyantyi says the declaration is unnecessary and instead questions what the DA has done to address the effects of drought.

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell says the latest water supply data suggests dam levels on average have increased slightly since the beginning of May.

He says dam levels in the George area are more than 85 percent full, but warns there are concerns around dam levels in Berg River Catchment area and a lack of improvement in levels at the Clanwilliam and Voëlvlei dams.

The MEC says rainfall forecasts for winter are not promising.

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