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Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area yesterday as it tried to deal with its worst water shortage in 113 years. The provincial government might need as much as R3-billion to fund projects aimed at mitigating water shortages and other effects of the drought, Zille’s spokesman, Michael Mpofu, told TimesLive. He said the money would be “re-prioritised” from the budgets of provincial government departments.

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