MCHUNU CALLS FOR CALM AS DROUGHT INTENSIFIES IN KZN
By: Mbuso Kunene.
The KwaZulu-Natal Cabinet led by Premier Senzo Mchunu held a media briefing at the Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris concerning the recent drought that has drastically hit the
This followed Monday’s protest which led to vandalism of the community hall and road blocks at KwaMsane Township under uMkhanyakude District, which was declared as a
hazardous area in KwaZulu Natal.
In his address Mchunu said that as the provincial government they are aware of the crisis faced by the province.
“We want to say to the people of uMkhanyakude, we appeal to them not to be violent and it is their right to voice the concerns of the scarcity of water but we are totally against any form of
violence as a results of this,” Mchunu said.
Mchunu also urged the communities to use water wisely saying that each and every drop lost means a lot to the people of uMkhanyakude.
He further added that as the provincial government they are very grateful to have traditional leaders (Amakhosi) who will go all out to the public and preach the verse of saving water.
“If it was just a song that there is water shortage, now it is clearly visible to everyone that we are in crisis,” he stated.
KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said that the KZN Disaster Management team has met regularly and has also been
monitoring the levels of water in dams on daily bases.
“Our main focus at the moment is to ensure that water is delivered at the households and live stoke,” said Dube-Ncube.
She further said that government has installed 200 additional extra-static tankers at uMkhanyakude District and they are also pursuing the protection of springs that are available.
KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba, admitted that the intensity of drought has caught the government unaware and it damage will take long to be recovered.
“We are dealing with the progressive natural occurrence that is threatening the fabric of our society,” said Xaba.
“This situation had caused unprecedented damage to crops, live stoke and wild animals, we have called national government intervention because our ability to cope with its effect
relying on our own resources,” he added.
Xaba announced that his department will contribute R114 million to deal with the current situation.