South Africa 19.1.2016 03:00 am

Rainfall brings relief to SANParks

Friends enjoy a swim at a pond along Jukskei River in Braamfisher soweto during the  heatwave, 6 January 2016.  Wednesday was day three of a heatwave with persistently high temperatures in Gauteng, North West, Free State and interior of the Northern Cape, as well as in places over Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal where maximum temperatures soared to above 40°C. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Friends enjoy a swim at a pond along Jukskei River in Braamfisher soweto during the heatwave, 6 January 2016. Wednesday was day three of a heatwave with persistently high temperatures in Gauteng, North West, Free State and interior of the Northern Cape, as well as in places over Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal where maximum temperatures soared to above 40°C. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

“We truly welcome the rain and it is exciting to see the river in this state.”

The South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday the 60 mm of rain recorded at the weekend in the northern region of Limpopo has brought much needed relief to the water resources in the area.

SANParks northern regional communications manager, Divhani Maremba, said the drought has not fully affected the park.

He said the northern parts of the country experienced heavy and extended rainfall between January 15 and 16 that broke the heat-wave and dry spell.

“The drought is welcome as it is good for the ecosystem, but we also know that a pro-longed drought season can lead to many adverse situations in our parks,” said Maremba.

“We therefore truly welcome the rain and it is exciting to see the river in this state.”

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