ARTICLES RELATING TO DROUGHT

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.

New threat haunts Zimbabweans panning for gold: Machete wielding gangs

2020-01-04 15:23

Drought sent hungry Zimbabweans in search of gold. Now they face a new threat: Machete-wielding gangs.

Zimbabwe drought, food crisis likely to run into 2020, warns Famine Systems Network

2019-12-27 12:23

A swathe of Zimbabwe, running from the southwest to the northeast, faces a “Phase 3” food crisis after a sporadic start to the November to March rainy season, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network has said.

Somalia's year of climate misery: from devastating drought to fierce flashfloods

2019-12-18 14:28

As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain.

Five years of thirst: Eastern Cape battles brutal drought

2019-12-16 09:50

Eastern Cape farmer Steve Bothma heaved a sigh of relief when the weatherman finally predicted rain.

Dam levels remain low despite continuous rainfall

2019-12-12 22:17

Despite heavy rain causing havoc and mayhem in parts of Gauteng, water levels in various dams have shown no progress, instead they have dropped.

 

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.

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought

2020-01-06 14:25

Residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape are desperately waiting for water that was released from the Wriggleswade Dam to provide them with some respite from a lengthy drought that is showing no signs of ending.

Eastern Cape drought: Municipality imposes water rationing as dam levels drop

2020-01-02 14:02

The Chris Hani District Municipality has imposed water rationing as dam levels continue to drop in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape due to a lack of rain.

WATCH: Zimbabwe blackouts affecting jobs, manufacturing

2019-12-23 20:45

Millions of people in Zimbabwe have been living with severe power cuts for months, affecting services and jobs, while pushing the economy to brink of collapse.

City of Cape Town pollutes its own nature reserve, monthly water tests reveal

2019-12-17 17:49

Milnerton lagoon, which is part of the Diep River estuary, is so polluted that the Milnerton Canoe Club is not able to offer a beginner or development programme due to the risk of youth falling into the water.

A farmer's widow's struggle in the Northern Cape in the midst of a debilitating drought

2019-12-16 07:01

For several years Berdine Vos lived on a farm with her husband, Kobus, in Vanwyksvlei in the Northern Cape. He took his life in February 2018 and since then, Vos was forced to pick up the pieces and take over the farm.

Wandile Sihlobo: SA's agricultural economy is in recession. Here's how we must adapt

2019-12-10 06:00

The third quarter 2019 GDP data released by Statistics South Africa this week illustrated that the farming economy is in recession. And the path ahead is uncertain, says Wandile Sihlobo.

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