W Cape government has earmarked R165 million for water crisis relief

The MEC for Finance in the Western Cape, Ivan Meyer tabled his medium term Budget Policy Statement for 2017 yesterday.

It was announced that the province will be allocating R165 million towards the ongoing drought crisis.

Western Cape MEC of Finance Ivan Meyer says last year when he tabled his Medium term budget, he presented what he calls a fiscal risk statement. Through that, they were able to put money aside to deal with the drought crisis in Cape Town

In that risk statement, I anticipated that wee will see a crisis and the crisis has now materialised. Many of the things that were reported during that fiscal statement now have come to pass.

Ivan Meyer, MEC for Finance in the Western Cape

We have prepared for this, therefore we are able to deal with it.

Ivan Meyer, MEC for Finance in the Western Cape

Meyer says the budget will deal with two pressing issues in the Western Cape - drought and the impact of crime on citizens.

Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell says the allocated budget is going to be used for boreholes, recycling effluent water, and getting the right equipment for disaster management so that the province does not reach Day Zero.

Bredell still urged Capetonians to continue using water sparingly.

To hear the rest of this interviews, listen below:


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