10.9.2020 10:15 am
The rest of the country’s water situation remains stable with dam levels holding out at 60% since the beginning of September.
Despite Gauteng's dam levels being stable, residents in the province were urged to save water, said the department of water and sanitation (DWS) in a statement.
It was expected that 30% of commercial and emerging farmers in severely affected areas would not survive without ‘significant and meaningful assistance’.
Premier Zamani Saul announced that 80% of the Northern Cape was affected by drought, while 60% was declared severe drought areas.
Any further delays in putting in place measures to mitigate the impact of the drought ‘will have catastrophic consequences for our nation,’ he said.
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu and Premier Oscar Mabuyane held an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.
The department of human settlements, water and sanitation said in a statement the Eastern Cape was one of the provinces affected by the drought.
The Eastern Cape was declared a drought disaster area in October already.
The City thanked residents who ‘continue to think water during this recovery period for Cape Town’s dams’.
Despite drilling boreholes and installing water tanks, the organisation said it was battling.
Agri-Northern Cape (Agri-NC) says it is looking forward to the help it will receive from the government to raise almost R688m for drought aid in the province.
There are 28 dams in total in Limpopo, none of which are 100% full.
The Gcuwa and all dams supplying Butterworth and surrounding areas are empty.
Taps ran dry months ago in surrounding villages, such as Ndabakazi and Kwezana, which are now depending on water tankers.
There are fears that the situation might worsen if heavy rainfall is not experienced soon.
All reservoir outflow valves will be throttled at night and will be opened again during the day when reservoirs have recovered to acceptable levels.