ARTICLES RELATING TO DROUGHT

MPs fume as water dept fails to explain R1.5bn debt

41 minutes ago

MPs across the political spectrum have slammed the Department of Water and Sanitation after its officials failed to explain how the department still owed various contractors R1.5bn.

Don't panic about Western Cape 'drought disaster' - Zille

2017-05-22 17:31

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has declared the entire province a disaster area, in an attempt to prevent it from running out of water.

Pioneer Food profit slumps as drought takes its toll

2017-05-22 08:02

Pioneer Food’s six-month profit decreased by 47% as costs increased by 10% due to the need to import maize as a result of South Africa’s drought.

Study finds that climate change threatens fynbos

2017-05-19 07:13

A study using data stretching back several decades has produced the first empirical evidence that increasingly hot, dry summers driven by climate change are having a negative effect on the Cape’s unique fynbos

Open letter from Cosatu to Jacob Zuma: 'Water crisis will lead to war and deaths in W Cape'

2017-05-17 20:24

The water crisis in the Western Cape will lead to war and deaths unless urgent steps are taken soon, Cosatu has said.

Western Cape water crisis an opportunity for innovation - Zille

2017-05-16 21:02

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the ongoing drought in the Western Cape is an opportunity for the country to innovate.

When towns run dry

2017-05-11 17:42

With no water in the taps and bone-dry dams, residents of small towns in the Northern Cape get by on a wing and a prayer. How do they survive?

Drought warning should put us on war footing

2017-05-08 05:00

A sense of urgency about confronting the possibility of long-term drought conditions is desperately needed at Cabinet level, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Limpopo's water situation improves

2017-04-19 18:50

Dam levels in Limpopo have reached satisfactory levels following recent rain, the provincial water affairs department has said.

Cape Town finally hits water use target

2017-04-18 19:31

Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700 million litre per day target for the first time.

 

Cape Town water usage must come down by 100 million litres - city

2017-05-22 22:43

Water use in Cape Town must be brought down by 100 million litres per day immediately, says the City of Cape Town.

Western Cape declared disaster area over drought

2017-05-22 15:15

The Western Cape government has declared the entire province a disaster area to deal with the ongoing drought, MEC Alan Winde says.

SA’s poultry industry on the road to recovery

2017-05-21 06:29

As SA recovers from the worst drought in history, the poultry sector seems to be recuperating and forecasts show the likelihood of significantly better summer crops, causing food prices to drop.

'If drought continues, more farmers will close shop'

2017-05-18 22:55

If the drought continues unabated, it could see more farmers close shop, CEO of Free State Agriculture, Henk Vermeulen, has said.

What’s causing Cape Town’s water crisis?

2017-05-17 08:07

There are several likely causes of Cape Town’s water shortage. A lecturer in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at UCT helps get to the root of the problem.

Cape Town recommends Level 4 water restrictions

2017-05-16 16:05

The City of Cape wants to introduce Level 4 water restrictions which would ban all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use and limit residents to 100 litres per person per day.

Big effort is required to ensure WC doesn’t run out of water - MEC

2017-05-08 18:13

Department of Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell has urged consumers to save water as provincial dam levels drop to 20%.

88 days of water in Cape Town left

2017-04-24 20:07

The City of Cape Town says the city's feeder dams only have enough water for another 88 days.

Drought-weary Western Cape residents warned to prepare for floods

2017-04-19 15:39

Western Cape residents must start preparing for possible flooding when the winter rains arrive to break the drought, says MEC for local government Anton Bredell.

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans

2017-04-18 07:12

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is to join a panel discussion to discuss the city's interventions in the drought crisis affecting the metro.

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