South Africa Water Crisis

Water Crisis Could Cripple South Africa

CAPE TOWN – Some Western Cape farmers despair a mounting water crisis is drying up their profits. Several Swartland residents have labelled this dry season as their worst since 1952. Agri-Wes Cape expects this harvest to be lacklustre at best, given consistently low rainfall over the past year. The hard, dusty soil of Enkelfontein does not look arable. Patches of dried grass are dotted along fields sporting ground the consistency of powder.  Hopefield wheat farmer Olivier Slabber is worried. He told Eyewitness News that he usually earns about R10,000 per […]

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Sinking an economy without water by 2035

Dire economic destabilization, a disenfranchised populace and death – these are not the results of spiraling crime figures or rampant political corruption, but of another, more insidious threat to South Africa’s national security. These are the very likely consequences of a continued disregard for the country’s most valuable resource: water. The most recent spate of droughts across the country has been precipitated by four years of lower than normal rainfall and has placed immense pressures on domestic water provision. Thus far the water shortages have been blamed on the adverse […]

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Drought Hits: Western Cape and KZN

Lack of rain in Western Cape hits farmers hard   “The lack of rain in the province this past season has hit the agricultural sector hard and emerging and commercial producers were equally affected. If the water levels of dams don’t rise soon, residents in urban areas will also be feeling the impact of the drought through water restrictions. “Agri Western Cape calls on all role players in the value chain that support primary agriculture to get together to reflect on how the next 18 to 24 months should be […]

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Illegal disposal of pool backwash water in the spotlight

Property owners who disregard bylaws and continue to dispose of their chlorinated swimming pool water onto city streets could be forced to drain it into their gardens. Johannesburg Roads Agency is to enforce the bylaw after its infrastructure was damaged as a result of chlorinated water entering its systems. JRA spokesman Bertha Peters-Scheepers said there was an increasing tendency to illegally dispose of chlorine-filled pool water onto the streets. “The city’s bylaws prohibit the discharging of pool water onto the road surface. It is the owner of such property’s responsibility […]

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Western Cape Government concerned about unusually low rainfall

The Western Cape government says it is closely monitoring the impact of the unusually dry seasonal weather being experienced in some regions of the province.   Anton Bredell‚ Minister of Local Government‚ Environmental Affairs and Development Planning‚ said of particular concern at the moment was looming water shortages in the Cederberg and Matzikama Local Municipalities as a result of the low level of the Clanwilliam Dam. Bredell said that while the Clanwilliam Dam level was currently 88% full‚ this was regarded as critically low for this period of the year. […]

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