OPINION: Don’t take good-quality drinking water for granted

2020-03-22 08:00

While we continue to look for innovative solutions through partnerships between universities, research institutes and companies, it is essential that public perception over water quality changes, writes Gideon Wolfaardt & Marlene de Witt.

Police hunt for man who defrauded drought-stricken farmers

2020-03-07 10:46

The suspect allegedly defrauded farmers by pretended to be selling lucerne bales to those experiencing drought on their farms, but disappeared after the deposits has been paid.

No end to water rationing in Makhanda

2020-03-02 18:42

Despite the rain in January, Makhanda remains in the grip of a water crisis. Schools, businesses and local residents continue to struggle to cope with water cuts.

Eastern Cape drought: Vandals make matters worse for water-starved Graaff-Reinet residents

2020-02-24 13:50

Despite welcome rains recently, the Eastern Cape remains in the grip of a terrible drought, and taps in Graaff-Reinet, home to 40 000 people, ran dry last year.

Low Zim maize seed sales point to another poor harvest

2020-02-04 21:56

Zimbabwe could be heading for another poor harvest after the country's biggest maize seed producer SeedCo said it had recorded a drop in sales.

QwaQwa water crisis: 5 000 water tankers to be dispatched to the town

2020-01-24 12:53

Five thousand water tankers are to be supplied to drought-stricken QwaQwa in the Free State to give the town with immediate relief, according to Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu.

ANALYSIS: 3 things keeping Zim's finance minister awake at night

2020-01-16 22:08

Food, power and currency stability continue to be significant worries for the southern African country.

Water department meets to discuss re-prioritising of funds for drought-stricken areas

2020-01-10 22:37

The Department of Water and Sanitation has convened a two-day meeting to discuss how funding can be re-prioritised to assist areas still affected by drought in parts of the Eastern and Northern Cape.

Ramaphosa can't be 'shocked' by drought, says Steenhuisen, urging emergency action

2020-01-09 20:43

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen says President Cyril Ramaphosa should order premiers to take urgent action to counter the drought crippling parts of the country.

Wandile Sihlobo: When rainfall isn't enough

2020-01-06 20:54

The rains some regions received in the past few weeks made minimal improvement in soil moisture and improving vegetation, and his annual December drive across the country was a dreary one, says Wandile Sihlobo.

 

Coronavirus: KZN deploys water tankers to help those without running water

2020-03-13 18:10

The KwaZulu-Natal government is deploying water tankers to areas which are water scarce to stamp out the possible spread of the coronavirus.

Two years later, SA’s drought has just been declared a national emergency – again

2020-03-04 16:40

The declaration opens up the taps for emergency-relief funding, which amounted to some half a billion rand last time around.

Fears of water’s 'day zero' spur Cape Town to consider rainless day fund

2020-02-26 10:42

Scarred by a water shortage that almost saw Cape Town become the first major world city to run out of water, local authorities are planning measures ranging from cutting down alien trees to establishing a "rainless day fund" to cushion its more than 4 million people from the next dry spell.

Butterworth residents shut down town over water woes, Eskom suspends operations

2020-02-19 08:28

Butterworth residents have shut down parts of the Eastern Cape town to highlight their frustration over erratic water supplies during the prolonged drought.

'If I had a tap in my yard, my child wouldn't have died' - Mother blames QwaQwa municipality for daughter's drowning

2020-01-25 12:33

"If I had a tap in my yard my child wouldn't have died." A grieving mother of a girl, who drowned at a dam in QwaQwa while fetching water, is blaming the embattled Maluti-A-Phofung municipality for her daughter's death..

Ministers call on municipalities to procure their own water tankers

2020-01-20 22:34

A special joint ministerial and MEC team has agreed to escalate the war against water wastage.

Far too little, far too late - Agri-EC on government's drought assistance

2020-01-16 20:50

Any desperate farmer on his or her knees will gratefully accept any assistance from the government, but the assistance being rolled out to the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is far too little, far too late, says Agri-Eastern Cape.

WATCH | Man takes celebratory dip outside local store after drought stricken Eastern Cape town finally gets rain

2020-01-09 20:44

A man from Jansenville in the Eastern Cape has been caught on camera swimming in the street outside a local store, after a recent bout of much-needed rain.

WATCH | River flows in dry Karoo as rains bring some relief, hope

2020-01-08 22:05

While the Karoo continues to battle a hard-hitting drought, the sight of a river flowing after morning rains on Wednesday has brought a little bit of joy and relief.

More woes for Zimbabwe as dam levels drop

2020-01-06 19:50

Zimbabwe's agriculture sector, hard hit by drought, is facing another significant risk as dam levels recede due to the high temperatures. Climate change has also resulted in an increase in insect growth rates, experts say.

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