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National State of Disaster on Drought Declared

March 6, 2020

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

A national state of disaster in South Africa has been declared.

The cooperative governance and traditional affairs department announced the declaration in Government Gazette 43066 in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

The state of disaster refers to persisting drought conditions in many parts of the country.

A state of disaster pertaining to the drought was first declared two years ago.

According to the latest notice, special circumstances exist to warrant the declaration of a national state of disaster.

There is also a “need to augment the existing drought relief interventions undertaken by organs of state…”.

The department also points out that regulations or directions may be issued in order to assist or protect the public; provide relief to the public; protect property; prevent or combat disruption or deal with the destructive and other effects of the disaster.