South Africa has declared the prevailing water crisis affecting multiple provinces in the country a national state of disaster.

Speaking on behalf of the inter-ministerial task team on water, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament today that the decision was gazzetted this morning.

The South African government previously reclassified the water crisis as a national disaster on February 8.

However, this was different to a declaration.

The government can now access special funds through treasury reserved for national disasters.

Mkhize called on all citizens to continue to save water and change behaviour, as South Africa is currently a water scarce country.