Premier declares WC a disaster area – initiates project “Avoiding Day Zero"
Premier Helen Zille has officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area in response to the current drought crisis – the worst since 1904.
“The disaster declaration will accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre’s Project “Avoiding Day Zero”, the Province’s strategy to ensure that taps do not run dry,” said Premier Zille.
The declaration will be formally gazetted during the course of this week, and was signed by the Premier during a Cabinet meeting last week. As it stands, the disaster will be classified for a three-month period which can be extended, if the need arises. During such a classification, the Disaster Management Act empowers the provincial government to protect key frontline service delivery points by reprioritising funding.