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Heading for murky waters 29 Nov 2016
South Africa may be out of the woods this year, as refreshed climate models predict a summer of normal or even above-average rainfall, which should help replenish dams and provide some relief to struggling farmers. But the country’s problems with drought and scarce water resources are far from over
Drought cripples SADC poor 29 Nov 2016
Poor people will feel the effect of the drought for much longer than their wealthier counterparts as it affects the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and escalates food prices, according to a report published this week by Oxfam International.
W Cape municipalities declared disaster areas as drought continues 24 Nov 2016
Five municipalities in the Western Cape have been declared local disaster areas as the country continues to grapple with one of the worst droughts in decades. The province itself is not at disaster status yet, but authorities say they are in consultation with national government and are monitoring the situation.
Summer Rainfall Shows Increased Dam Levels 24 Nov 2016
Pretoria — The Department of Water and Sanitation says all dams and systems have benefitted from the good rains over the past week, with a number of dams reaching above 100%.
Govt, corporates urged to help drought stricken farmers 15 Nov 2016
The National African Farmers Union (NAFU) has called on government and the corporate sector to help farmers to mitigate the effects of the current drought.
"It will take SA two, three years to recover from drought conditions" 15 Nov 2016
The Water and Sanitation Department says it will take up to two or three years for the country to recover from the drought conditions it is currently experiencing.
Northern Cape drought forces Flamingos to breed elsewhere 15 Nov 2016
Kamfers Dam on the outskirts of Kimberley in the Northern Cape was once a well-known breeding spot for thousands of Lesser flamingos.
Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix - minister 21 Oct 2016
ape Town - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane does not have sole authority to declare the drought, which is plaguing eight provinces, a national disaster.
Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Signs Water Cooperation Agreement With Italian Republic 20 Oct 2016
The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, on behalf of the South African Government signed a landmark Water Cooperation Agreement with the Italian Republic today at Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Rosebank.
Leaking money: Water Dept's irregular expenditure rises by 300% 20 Oct 2016
The Department of Water and Sanitation's irregular expenditure rose by 300% over the last financial year, with the latest audit showing it had increased to R1.7-billion, the Auditor-General (AG) has said
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