Summer drought may shrink supplies of French spuds

2018-10-19 06:13

It's harvest time and the chips are down for potato producers in northern France where a long summer drought could see French spuds shrink in size and volume.

Farmers head to court to challenge policy on transfer of water rights

2018-10-15 13:20

West Coast farmers have launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court concerning water rights, which may have far-reaching consequences for agriculture.

Capetonians can use more water - and pay less

2018-10-02 10:21

Slightly less stringent water restrictions for Cape Town have kicked in as the combined level of supply dams reached 75.9% of storage capacity.

City of Cape Town's borehole drilling programme threatens Kogelberg's Unesco status

2018-09-28 06:20

The City of Cape Town's drilling programme is threatening the Unesco status of the Kogelberg biosphere, says the chairperson of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company.

100 Resilient Cities 'game-changer' launched in Cape Town to tackle urban problems

2018-09-21 12:24

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has launched the City's first draft of a resilience assessment, the first step in the process of developing a city resilience strategy.

WATCH: Dams feeding Cape Town hit the 70% mark

Cape Town's dam levels have hit the 70% mark for the first time since 2015. Watch.

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Easing of water restrictions will restore international investor confidence in Cape Town

2018-09-13 10:08

The easing of the stringent water restrictions will restore international confidence in Cape Town as a destination for tourism and investment, say business leaders.

Water Research Commission urges SA to 'get in first' and develop the iceberg project

2018-09-11 07:19

The Water Research Commission believes that within 20 years, countries will be towing icebergs from the Antarctic to supplement their water supplies.

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions, tariffs to Level 5

2018-09-10 06:00

The City of Cape Town has made the move to relax current water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has announced.

City of Cape Town calls for relaxing of water restrictions as dam levels rise

2018-08-27 18:49

The City of Cape Town has asked the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce its water restrictions from 45% to 40% for the City and from 60% to 50% for agriculture.


A global beer shortage could be triggered by extreme weather, causing beer prices to skyrocket

2018-10-15 17:40

Rising temperatures and severe drought could hinder the production of barley, creating a global beer shortage and a 16% decline in worldwide beer consumption.

Cape Town's increased water consumption is not sustainable, experts warn

2018-10-12 12:04

The increased consumption comes after the relaxation of restrictions and could be a sign that residents are 'slacking off' on water-saving measures, experts say.

Drilling for water 'makes no economic sense'

2018-10-01 05:25

The City of Cape Town’s borehole drilling programme has scientists scratching their heads at the apparent determination of the City to drill into the hard rock of the Table Mountain Group Aquifer at great cost, while other cheaper and more environment-friendly options are not first explored.

Karoo farmers lose millions due to drought

2018-09-26 20:41

The ostrich industry, which forms a major part of the Little Karoo's agricultural sector, has been hard hit as producers have not been able to grow feed for their flocks.

Watch: Residents celebrate as Western Cape municipal dam overflows

2018-09-19 16:05

Last year this time it was 42.7% full, and it has not reached maximum capacity for four years.

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

2018-09-17 20:27

Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply.

Australia drought extends despite 'widespread, significant rain'

2018-09-11 12:22

A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said.

SA land prices drop 32% on land reform change, drought

2018-09-10 17:08

Farm prices have plunged by a third since the ruling party decided to seek a change to the Constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation.

Capetonians still flock to collect free water from the city's springs

2018-08-30 09:35

The rain has been pelting down and the wind blowing icy off the snow-capped mountains, but that has not stopped people trekking to collect the free water at Cape Town's springs in the rain.

What it's like growing up in the Big Dry in Australia

2018-08-27 13:11

This short insert by BBC News highlights the big impact a drought has on a farming family's life. How has the drought affected your family?

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