Gripped by the drought

2016-10-25 11:19

The sight of a large pod of hippos confined to a muddy wallow at iNsumo pans at uMkhuze game reserve serves as a harsh reminder of the drought gripping the country.

Drought continues despite rains – Umgeni Water

2016-10-20 14:17

The drought that has plagued many parts of the country will not abate any time soon, says Umgeni Water.

Cape Town getting even stricter on water restrictions

2016-10-18 18:01

Prompted by a prolonged drought, the City of Cape Town is planning to move to level three water restrictions which include banning the use of sprinklers and hosepipes, says the council.

Drought hits food prices

2016-10-14 10:11

The drought and high temperatures have significantly affected food prices, with food inflation doubling within a year.

Catastrophe seen in SA agriculture as rivers, dams run dry

2016-10-07 10:11

The drought has become a huge problem into irrigation areas with about 350 producers facing ruin because they have no means to access finance, says an industry body.

Malawi's murder suspects overstay in prison - report

2016-10-01 18:07

The failure by Malawi government to prosecute murder cases timely is resulting in some remanded suspects going mad, a new report reveals.

Western Cape dam levels 30% lower than in 2015

2016-09-29 16:37

Dam levels in the Western Cape have declined by 30% in comparison to the same period last year, local government MEC Anton Bredell said on Thursday.

Coffee is set to cost more as drought drives rally

2016-09-26 15:57

Across the country’s coffee belt, dry weather is hurting production of arabica and robusta beans, while too much rain in citrus areas hampered production of orange juice.

Land Bank lifts profit to R396.2m despite drought

2016-09-14 13:00

The Land Bank, a key lender to farmers, has reported a 27% increase in annual profits to R396.2m, despite the country's severe drought.

Umgeni imposes drought levy

2016-09-14 09:51

Residents of a number of KwaZulu-Natal municipalities — including in Msunduzi — will most likely have to pay more for water to keep Umgeni Water afloat financially, while the drought tightens its grip on the province.


Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix - minister

2016-10-20 20:15

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says she does not have sole authority to declare the drought plaguing eight provinces a national disaster.

Potato prices to soar even more due to low harvest

2016-10-20 06:52

The low potato harvest will see prices rise for the next four weeks to between R5/kg and R6/kg as low rain levels contribute to vegetable price hikes.

Zim firms face no water for more than five days

2016-10-17 20:08

The water rationing schedule issued by the City of Harare will see some areas going without water for over five days - among them SABMiller's Zimbabwean unit Delta.

Avocados to US, nuts to China a boost for SA

2016-10-12 17:58

US consumers may soon see South African avocados on their supermarket shelves as growers from the country look for new markets to sustain export growth momentum.

Warning to firms who don’t lower food prices after drought ends

2016-10-06 06:42

The Competition Commission is keeping a close watch on businesses in the food sector whose prices may have risen as a result of the drought, says its commissioner.

Female farmers suffer most in Southern Africa drought

2016-09-30 18:06

Southern Africa has suffered through one of the worst droughts in decades and now small farmers face a long hungry season with growing food aid needs until the next harvest.

Zambia dispatches food aid to Malawi and Zimbabwe

2016-09-29 16:23

The Zambian government has reportedly started an operation to issue at least 48 000 metric tons of relief food to Malawi and Zimbabwe as part of the $2.4 million SADC humanitarian appeal for 'hunger stricken' countries.

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst

2016-09-15 18:04

Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants.

Kruger National Park kills 350 hippos, buffalos amid drought

2016-09-14 12:03

Rangers in the Kruger are killing about 350 hippos and buffalos in an attempt to relieve the impact of the region's most severe drought in more than three decades.

Farmers seeing no respite from drought ask for aid

2016-09-13 18:19

The biggest lobby group for South Africa’s agriculture industry asked the government for emergency aid for farmers enduring the worst drought in more than a century.

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