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Government declaring the drought a national disaster means finances and strategies will be channeled to assist areas that are in dire straits.

This is according to senior lecturer for Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at UCT, Dr Kevin Winter.

Winter is responding to cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize declaring the water crisis which is affecting many provinces, a national state of disaster.

Read: Govt declares national state of disaster to deal with drought

Department of Water and Sanitation has been dealing with drought in all of our provinces barring the Western Cape. This has put a very big strain on their budget and the kinds of things they should be focusing on. Certainly mother nature hasn't been very kind to us.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

If this is a sign of climate change then we going to have to work faster and smarter in order to address this problem.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Winter has confirmed that the drought crisis currently experienced in the Western Cape could be the first signs of what could be seen in the longer term regarding climate change.

Yes, this is climate change...

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Scientist attributes Western Cape drought to climate change

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