The gazette states that organs of state may, when required, make regulations and issue directions or authorise directions concerning the following:
- assisting and protecting the public;
- providing relief to the public;
- protecting property;
- preventing or combating disruption; or
- dealing with the destructive nature and other effects of the disaster
Ramaphosa said the declaration was meant to boost existing measures undertaken by organs of state to deal with the disaster and allow for the mobilisation of resources to support interventions in the affected provinces.
“This is a humanitarian disaster that calls for a massive and urgent relief effort,” he said