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A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
Why is this guidance document important?
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has declared the province a disaster area.
“We must also indicate that the executive council will submit an application to national government for classification and declaration of a disaster as a provincial disaster in terms of the section 41 of the Disaster Management Act, since it affects more than one district,” said Premier Mchunu.
The declaration of a disaster area paves the way for Provincial Treasury to reprioritise the provincial budget and redirect funds towards the rebuilding of the province.
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