Drought threat to Eastern Cape citrus exports

Fears are growing that the current drought in the Eastern Cape may lead to poor citrus crops in the province’s Patensie and Sundays River Valley areas. This would have a major impact on the province’s economy as the citrus industry is one of its driving forces. Citrus Growers’ Association Patensie director Phillip Dempsey warned the […]

When is it going to Rain? Googled 53 million times

Johannesburg – SA Weather Service forecasters have been fielding the same question over and over again over the past days – “When is it going to rain?” Unfortunately, for rain lovers, the forecasters are the bearers of bad news. “A whole host of people have asked us that question… from journalists to farmers to bricklayers,” […]

Cape’s dry winter sees dam levels falling

It was a dry winter, with less than half the long-term average rainfall recorded in July and last month. The Cape Town weather office said the city received only 40.3mm of rain in July and only 31.4mm in August. The rural areas also didn’t get much rain. According to Agri Western Cape, a farm in […]

Drought spells ruin for many E. Cape farmers

LAST week’s rains may have brought some relief for drought-stricken Eastern Cape farmers, but many are facing financial ruin if more does not fall soon. Caught in one of the worst droughts in living memory, some farmers on the Sunshine Coast and Albany areas have even sold off cattle while others have been forced to […]