By Roy Jankielsohn, Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The DA welcomes the announcement by Premier Ace Magashule yesterday that the Free State province has been declared a drought disaster area.
This declaration now sets in motion a process that will make resources available to assist our rural farming communities to mitigate against the impact of the drought.
Farmers and communal farming communities desperately need government assistance in order to purchase much needed feed, and in some places, even water to supply their herds, at huge additional financial cost.
We call on Premier Magashule to expedite the process of accessing the necessary relief from the National Government so that much needed aid gets to those in need as soon as possible.
The DA will closely monitor the distribution of relief aid to ensure that it is distributed equitably and transparently to those in need.
The devastating drought calls for the appointment of an MEC for Agriculture in the Free State with extreme haste.