WC local govt receives cash boost to fight drought

The Western Cape Local Government Department says that provincial Treasury has made some budget allocations to assist with ongoing drought management.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Local Government Department says that provincial Treasury has made some budget allocations to assist with ongoing drought management.

The department has therefore received an additional R95 million in the recent budget adjustments.

Twenty-five million rand will be used to provide additional drought relief while R55 million will go towards water augmentation initiatives such as boreholes in affected areas in the province.

The department’s James Brent-Styan says: “We’re still concerned about the areas we highlighted before, in addition, the Matzikama region on the West Coast is becoming a serious problem, with the agriculture sector particularly being the most hard-hit.

“We repeat the call for the public to heed the message and help reduce their water usage.”

The Western Cape’s average dam levels stand at 34% which is down from 56% at the same time last year.