WC govt receives R974m for disaster recovery projects

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says the bulk of the funding has been allocated to drought alleviation and drought combating programs.

FILE: Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Various departments and municipalities in the Western Cape have received almost R974 million from national Treasury for disaster recovery programmes and projects.

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says it welcomes the allocation and says the bulk of the funding has been allocated to drought alleviation and drought combating programmes.

The City of Cape Town received the lion's share of the Environmental Affairs Department's drought funding.

This is specifically for the Cape Flats, Table Mountain Group and Atlantis Aquifer projects.

R28.9 million is being spent on emergency boreholes in the Theewaterskloof area.

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has received R30 million for its drought alleviation efforts and R170 million has been transferred to the provincial Agriculture Department to help farmers buy feed.

Provincial environmental affairs spokesperson James-Brent Styan said: “Some of the funding will go towards helping the province recover from the severe storm that hit us in June 2017 that included, of course, the fires in Knysna and Bitou municipalities that caused a lot of devastation.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)