Virtual farmers could prove a vital piece in the cog trying to alleviate the ongoing drought across South Africa‚ after Ster-Kinekor Entertainment said R10 from the sale of every farming simulator game Pure Farming 2018 would be given to AgriSA’s Drought Relief Fund.
The fund has been set up to assist South African farmers during the current drought.
The company made the announcement on Wednesday. Pure Farming 2018 gets launched next Tuesday.
The drought relief fund was initiated by agricultural company Senwes and AgriSA in December 2015 to mobilise the public to donate funds in order to mitigate the disastrous impact of the drought‚ which is the worst since 1982.
In the first six months of the fund’s establishment‚ AgriSA collected R14-million from the public and businesses. While retail shops provided water and food hampers to the farming communities‚ farmers donated bales of fodder.
The Eastern Cape will officially be declared a national disaster area by March 15.
The declaration will see different national and provincial government departments working together to ensure farmers receive the necessary relief while groundwater exploration continues for water to be used by residents.
The scheduled declaration by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des van Rooyen follows a reclassification of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape as national disaster areas on Tuesday last week.
Cogta spokesman Legadima Leso said consultation aimed at working on a programme of action between various government departments was under way.
The three provinces also submitted requests for funding, with the Eastern Cape asking for R7.7-billion for drought alleviation.
Leso said Van Rooyen was considering the requests from the three provinces and an announcement would be made once it had been decided how much each province would receive.
Terwyl daar baie nuus in die landboubedryf en landswyd is oor die dag Zero wat nader staan vir Kaapstad, kry ander provinsies in Suid-Afrika soos die Oos- en Noord-Kaap ook swaar as gevolg van ‘n watertekort.
Dag Zero in die Wes-Kaap gaan volgens voorspellings in Mei vanjaar plaasvind. Dit sal hoofsaaklik afhang van die aanvraag en die gebruik van water deur alternatiewe bronne soos boorgate.
“Daar moet ook bekommernis wees oor die waterprobleem in die Oos-Kaap en die Noord-Kaap,” se Dawie Maree, hoof van bemarking en inligting by FNB Landbou-afdeling.
Die Oos-Kaap en die Noord-Kaap staar dieselfde waterkrisis as die Wes-Kaap in die gesig. Die Kougadam wat water aan Port Elizabeth en die omliggende landelike gebiede in die Oos-Kaap verskaf, het ‘n damvlak gehad wat op 9,2% gestaan het vir die week geëindig 2 Februarie voor dit onlangs gereën het. Die reën sal dit waarskynlik na 12% toe lig. Die westelike dele van die Noord-Kaap ervaar ook ‘n droogte en die veeboere in hierdie streek is onder geweldige druk.
The head of Parliament’s Water and Sanitation Committee wants a straight answer to the question on every Capetonians’ lips – will day zero arrive?
Acting chairperson Patrick Chauke says this must be known by the end of Wednesday’s sitting which includes ministers, representatives from the Western Cape and Eastern Cape governments and Agri-SA.
Day zero is currently forecast for 11 May, which is almost a month later than the forecast of 16 April last week.
Chauke says clarity is needed around the prospect of day zero in Cape Town.
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the water crisis stems from resources being overused in a short space of time without the control and management of demand.
“We can avoid that possibility if we manage the demand by adhering to the restrictions and ensuring that they apply particularly to the big water users.”