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South Africa faces water cuts as drought worsens

South Africa faces water cuts as drought worsens

South Africa may be forced to reduce the water supply in some areas as it battles its worst drought since 1992, according to Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Below average rainfall in the past few months has led to “worsening drought conditions” in the nation, where two of nine provinces have been declared disaster areas, she told reporters in Johannesburg on Sunday. As a result, the government may have to cut supply to consumers and farmers, Mokonyane said.

“Water is a constitutional right in South Africa,” she said. “What we will do is reduce the supply. Where there is no water being provided, we will augment that with water tanks.” Read more

 

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