The South African Medical Association (Sama) says South Africa is likely to experience water related diseases in the next 20 years as a results of climate change.

Sama says five provinces that are declared drought disaster areas will soon experience an increase in water related diseases.

The country’s persistent heat wave of maximum temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius has caused a lot of harm in food production.

Speaking on AM Live, the Associations Chairperson, Dr Mzukisi Grootboom says these extreme weather patterns will eventually result in floods, droughts and heat waves.

Grootboom says South African needs to be involved in the limiting of carbon footprint and fossil fuel.

Click below to listen to the full interview.