R74.8 million have been allocated by government towards emergency disaster relief in the Western Cape in order to combat the effects of the drought which has gripped the province.
Of this amount, R40 million will go towards the acquisition of livestock feed.
The City of Cape Town will receive the bulk of the funding destined for municipalities in the amount of R20 million.
The Bitou and Theewaterskloof municipalities will also receive funding.
Despite a slight 1.7% rise in water level as of late, dam levels are still critically low.
Making the announcement at Parliament this morning, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen said low dam levels and erratic rainfall in the province are concerning.
“The National Disaster Management Centre and the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre will monitor and report on progress made on implementation of these projects.
“A project management team is being established by the province to monitor and provide oversight in order to ensure proper implementation of projects and the economic use of funding.”
Earlier this month, the City of Cape Town issued its plans for augmenting water from new sources other than dams.
New augmentation schemes which include desalination plants and aquifers are aimed at producing an additional 500 million litres of water per day.
Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality is on top of the water situation.
“The new normal is that we’re going to have a permanent drought in the City of Cape Town, but we want to give the people of Cape Town an assurance that this well-run city will not run out of water.”
She says the city is trying new ways to access an additional 500 million litres of water per day as it can no longer rely on rainfall.
“The methodologies that we’re going to use is to look at desalination, use of underground water and reusing waste water.”
De Lille says the first tender for a land-based desalination plant has already been issued, with another 20 tenders expected to be put out in the coming weeks.