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Drought hitting KwaZulu-Natal hard

Author: Giordano Stolley

Drought conditions in KwaZulu-Natal are fast deteriorating with the provincial government on Thursday announcing more forceful measures in a bid to curtail water consumption. 

KwaZulu-Natal’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, urged residents to cut consumption. 

“This province is facing a water crisis situation. It is necessary to increase restrictions and implement mandatory restrictions. We are talking about a very serious situation here,” she told a press conference. She said water rationing would be implemented in certain areas across the province water and users exceeding their allowed usage could be fined.

“It is not because of the mayors or the councillors. It is because we have no rain.” Areas of the eThekwini and Ilembe District Municipality supplied from the Hazelmere Dam, various South Coast locations and northern KwaZulu-Natal have critically low dam levels.

In Ilembe, two sugars mills have not opened as the drought impacts on the sugar industry.

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