Water Dept reprioritises funds to drought-stricken areas

Following her visit to drought-stricken Eastern Cape this week, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu instructed her department to find a budget that would alleviate distress in the hardest-hit areas.

FILE: The Nqweba Dam in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department said that it had reprioritised funds towards drought interventions in affected areas across the country.

Following her visit to drought-stricken Eastern Cape this week, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu instructed her department to find a budget that would alleviate distress in the hardest-hit areas.

Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below-average rainfall that has scorched grazing lands and dried up watering holes since 2015.