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WC govt submitted drought funding request ‘8 months ago’

The Western Cape is one of 8 that have been declared disaster zones due to the ongoing drought.

FILE: The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government says it has not received any funding from national government for drought relief, despite submitting a request eight months ago.

The Western Cape is one of eight provinces that have been declared disaster zones due to the ongoing drought and water shortages.

The provincial Local Government Department is spending more than R5 million on drought relief in Oudtshoorn, Tulbagh, Ceres and two other towns.

It says it needs at least R60 million to support affected municipalities and farmers in the province.

Local Government MEC Anton Bredell says, "We are told that the national ANC government has no capacity to provide any funding for drought relief in the Western Cape."

In a statement last week, Minister Des van Rooyen explained there are ongoing meetings that will allow the National Disaster Management Centre to release the much needed disaster funds.

WATCH: Facing a dry future: How bad is the water crisis really?

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