FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President Jacob Zuma will on 24 February 2017 launch the Operation Phakisa for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. The broad aim of the Operation Phakisa is to stimulate growth, foster job creation and instil transformation along the agriculture and rural development value chain.
Operation Phakisa is derived from Malaysia’s Big Fast Results Methodology which that country used successfully to achieve rapid economic transformation. It was introduced in South Africa two years ago to improve performance in various sectors.
It is an initiative designed to fast track the implementation of solutions on critical delivery issues highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP) and also forms part of our Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and boost job creation. Since then, Operation Phakisa has been launched focussing in various sectors such as oceans economy and mining.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) recently competed a six month consultation process to finalise the objectives for the five week Operation Phakisa Lab.
DROUGHT WORSENING ACROSS AMATHOLE DISTRICT
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
In its ordinary council meeting held on Friday, 27 January at Calgary Conference Centre in East London, Council unanimously agreed to re-declare Amathole District Municipality (ADM) a disaster area owing to resilient drought situation in the district.
Dam levels remain critical in various parts of the ADM. This is despite recent and ‘insignificant’ rainfall during the past few weeks.
“Xilinxa, Dutywa, Bedford and Adelaide dams remain critical. Dwesa and Qwaninga rivers are equally running dry. The situation is tantamount to few days of water in those areas. The situation is so dire that we are earnestly on our knees praying for rainfall in the next few days as long term weather focast show no sign of rain in the near future,” said a visibly concerned ADM Executive Mayor, Cllr. Nomfusi Nxawe.
“We are hard at work carting water and distributing communal tanks. So far we managed to distribute over 120 communal tanks in Butterworth, Bika and Centane. A total of 16 tankers are carting water to the affected areas delivering 2 to 3 loads a day each. We are in consultation with the National Government and hoping for a speedy and sustainable solution”, added Nxawe.
ADM has been pleading with communities to use water sparingly and water consumption patterns and demand remain high despite the drought. The drought situation is worsening by the hour.
Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications & Customer Care Unit.
ADM Doubles Its Efforts To Cart Water To Drought Stricken Mnquma LM
TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES
Monday, 16 Januaey, ADM Head Quarters
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) is doubling its efforts to bring water to all communities of Mnquma Local Municipality. Water tankers have been despatched to cart water at least three times a day while additional fifty (50) communal water tanks will be distributed in the most affected areas.
This follows the recent total dry up of all the dams supplying water to communities situated in Mnquma. ADM has placed on record that this is the 'worst ever' drought season in years, and if it persists, will leave thousands of residents without water for days.
Despite some communities having heeded ADM's plea to save and use water sparingly, the municipality has battled to get the others to use water with caution, which has contributed to the reality of a total water scarcity in the area.
ADM continues to appeal to ALL its communities to use water sparingly during these hard times.
Issued by the Amathole District Municipality
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