ARTICLES RELATING TO DROUGHT

Vaal Dam water levels creep closer to dipping below 60%

2019-08-22 19:09

Water levels in the Vaal Dam are continuing to decline, threatening to dip below the 60% capacity.

Cape Town's dams hit the 80% mark, but only 64.5% for Western Cape

2019-08-13 07:28

Cape Town dams are 80.6% full, but the Karoo and southern Cape are still struggling to fill dams.

UN launches new Zimbabwe appeal as millions face food crisis

2019-08-07 08:03

The UN food agency has launched a $331-million appeal for aid donations to feed millions of people in crisis-hit Zimbabwe, which is reeling from a drought and the high cost of food.

WATCH | Western Cape rains cause Kleinmond lagoon to burst into ocean for the first time in four years

2019-08-04 07:05

It's been four years since the Kleinmond lagoon flowed into the into the Atlantic Ocean. Severe drought conditions in the region caused the lagoon to dam up, affecting ocean life and even causing drownings. Watch.

Dam levels on the rise as rain, cold front batter Cape Town

2019-07-23 22:19

The City of Cape Town says recent rain has contributed to a significant increase in dam levels over the past week as inclement weather is set to continue in parts of the Western Cape.

Cape Town still saving water, while dam levels are in 'recovery' mode

2019-07-08 20:06

Water consumption dropped by 15 million litres per day in Cape Town, with continuing rain helping dam levels recover to 59.8%.

Wandile Sihlobo: So far, so good for SA's crops this year

2019-06-20 06:01

So far, the news looks good this year for SA's farmers. But they're not quite in the clear yet, says Wandile Sihlobo.

EXCLUSIVE: Desalination company to take City of Cape Town to court for breach of contract

2019-06-13 22:19

The company running a desalination plant situated at the V&A Waterfront has started legal proceedings against the City of Cape Town, following months of negotiations over contractual disputes.

SA wine harvest hits record low

2019-05-06 17:01

The SA wine grape harvest has hit a record low, largely due to the preceding drought and fluctuating weather conditions during the season, says Vinpro.

'It's such an awesome feeling to hear and feel the rain': Relief for Beaufort West, but flood warning issued

2019-04-23 10:59

The townsfolk of Beaufort West are thrilled about recent rain, which will hopefully help break a catastrophic drought, the municipality's spokesperson says.

 

Looming food insecurity in Zimbabwe - economist

2019-08-18 17:56

Hardships due to Zimbabwe's poor maize harvest are exacerbated by unstable economic conditions in the country, says Agbiz economist Wandile Sihlobo.

Dear City of Cape Town, with reference to water levels: Reverse the charges

2019-08-08 14:33

When the drought set in, all citizens were requested to conserve water. This led to the CoCT not meeting their budgeted target as less water was sold. Next, the same residents were hit with severe water tariff increases to balance the CoCT budget.

Western Cape dams more than 61% full - the best in 4 years

2019-08-05 19:46

The Western Cape's dams are recovering from the drought at a steady pace, except for the central Karoo.

These stunning satellite images show South Africa's largest dams filling up

2019-07-29 14:40

Theewaterskloof Dam, Cape Town’s largest dam, is now almost 53% full. In 2017 it teetered at a terrifying 10%.

These 9 countries will get hit especially hard by climate change

2019-07-13 16:26

Climate change brings heat waves, food insecurity, and rising seas. These 9 countries will feel those effects severely.

Cape Town's dams finally over 50% full - but only just

2019-06-24 17:51

Cape Town has passed the dams half-full mark - only just - but it is not time for celebration quite yet.

This popular tourist destination in India is experiencing a massive water shortage

2019-06-19 18:27

Four main reservoirs in the city of Chennai have run completely dry, according to the BBC, forcing residents to line up for government supplied water.

Early June rains good, but no guarantee they will last - experts

2019-06-10 21:38

Experts warn that the good rainfall in early June does not mean that the rainfall in the rest of winter will be good - or even average - and have urged that water restrictions remain in place.

Lesotho needs R200m to buy food for 500 000 people

2019-05-02 21:25

Lesotho needs about R203.73m for food aid for almost half a million people.

'We are going to lose our land': Sutherland farmers pleading for help amid 6-year drought

2019-04-18 21:43

The farming community of Sutherland in the Karoo is begging for help as they watch the lives of farmworkers, farmers and shopkeepers fall apart because of a prolonged six-year drought.

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