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Drought Report for South Africa December – DWAF

ISSUED BY: THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS DATE: 20 January 2010 DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST The Department of Water Affairs has prioritized support for parts of the country affected by the prevailing drought conditions due to low rainfall during last year (2009). According to statistics gathered by the Department, George in the Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape experienced the lowest 12 consecutive months of rainfall since 1921 and is considered severely dry. The current conditions started around the month of March 2008. Having received an annual rainfall of 477mm […]

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Worst drought in 130 Years

Dire water shortages from rivers running dry in the Eastern Cape and the central and southern part of the Western Cape, in what AgriSA terms the “worst drought in 130 years”, have focused attention on the lack of regional infrastructure plans and a regulating authority to oversee water pricing. Emergency measures have had to be taken, including trucking in water and a planned desalination plant at Knysna to avert a disaster facing mainly dairy and vegetable farmers, who have dedicated supply lines to retail outlets but have cut back on […]

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Parts of the Western Cape have been classified as local disaster areas

Parts of the Western Cape have been classified as local disaster areas because of drought, the provincial Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department said today. “The Eden District is still gripped by a serious drought,” said MEC Anton Bredell said. “The National Disaster Management Centre has classified the drought as a disaster.” Parts of the Eden district, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Bitou had been declared local disaster areas. Bredell said that although it had rained in the past two weeks, rainfall remained at a historic low. “There […]

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