The Western Cape government has authorised the released of R50 million in emergency drought relief.
The funds will assist Western Cape drought prone communities in the Central Karoo District, Matzikamma and Little Karoo and is specifically for food support for the next two months.
MEC for Agriculture in Western Cape Dr Ivan Meyer told Cape Talk that the current rainfall in the province is not enough.
“We have seen some good rains over the weekend but despite the rains, we still have large parts of the Karoo caught in the severe drought,” said Meyer.
Meyer also said more funds are needed to sustain the programme.
“We made a proper assessment and we need R147 million additional to last us until the end of March 2020,” Meyer continued.
The drought has brought a devastating impact on the rural economies of the Western Cape which accounts for 45% of all South Africa’s agricultural exports.
More: Cape Talk