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The Eastern Cape could lose out on any drought relief funding requested from the National Government, should premier Oscar Mabuyane not extend the provincial disaster declaration by Wednesday next week. I have therefore written to the premier to request that he extend the declaration, as per the Disaster Management Act. See Letter I have done so to prevent the ongoing chaos within the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, which shows that there is no coherent plan in place to deal with the drought. The province has requested R643 million from national government for drought relief and has made R74 million available provincially. Even if the national government provides all the requested funding, there is still a significant shortfall, with organised agriculture estimating the actual relief needed to be closer to R1,8 billion. In terms of the Disaster Management Act, the declaration of a provincial state of disaster lapses three months after it was declared, but it may be extended by the Premier a month at a time, but only if this is done before the original declaration lapses. Section 41 (5) of the Disaster Management Act 2002 reads: “(5) A provincial state of disaster that has been declared in terms of subsection (1) (a) lapses three months after it has been declared: (b) may be terminated by the Premier by notice in the provincial gazette before it lapses in terms of paragraph (a); and (c) may be extended by the Premier by notice in the provincial gazette for one month at a time before it lapses in terms of paragraph (a) or the existing extension is due to expire.” The extension of the declaration is a crucial step in ensuring the province remains eligible for the disaster relief funding from national government that we have applied for. Despite the recent rains, the province is still in the midst of a prolonged drought which has the potential to financially destroy hundreds of farmers, both emerging and commercial. These farmers are looking to the provincial government to support them in their time of need, just as they have supported the economy of the Eastern Cape for decades. Towns and cities are on the verge of collapse as water sources are drying up. With no water these urban settlements will not be able to survive, and we will see mass exoduses of residents and businesses. It is therefore vital that the provincial government does everything in its power to secure drought relief for those affected


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The Eastern Cape could lose out on any drought relief funding requested from the National Government, should premier Oscar Mabuyane not extend the provincial disaster declaration by Wednesday next week. I have therefore written to the premier to request that he extend the declaration, as per the Disaster Management Act. Download: Letter I have done so to prevent the ongoing chaos within the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, …


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The Democratic Alliance is determined to fight for a vibrant commercial and emerging agricultural sector. This is why I have launched a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application relating to drought relief in the Eastern Cape. This has been done because of the great uncertainty over the distribution of critical drought aid to farming communities in the Eastern Cape. The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) …


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Shocking revelations that hundreds of animals have died at the Eastern Cape Government’s six experimental farming facilities, have come to light. This raises serious questions around the care and possible neglect at these facilities. The province currently has six experimental farms, focusing on animal, pasture and crop sciences, namely the Dohne A.D.I; Bathurst R.C; Adelaide R.F; Cradock R.C; Wolwehoek R.F; Jansenville R.F and the Mthatha Dam. All these facilities, except …


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There is still no sign of the drought relief funding promised by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), with farmers in drought-stricken areas still in the dark as to whether their applications for assistance have been approved. If we are to save our rural economy and jobs, the funds need to start flowing as a matter of urgency. When the funding was announced, exactly a month ago …


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The DA is shocked and outraged by the new appointment of the Head of Department for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Siphokazi Ndudane, after theft allegations have come to light against her. Ndudane, the former Deputy Director General of Fisheries at the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), was announced as one of four new HODs appointed by Premier Oscar Mabuyane earlier this week. It has now come …


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