HOW IS THE REST OF SA SHAPING UP?
The drought impacted different parts of South Africa in 2016 and continues to do so. Gauteng experienced a longterm drought, which was broken with flood rains. About a month or two ago, Nelson Mandela Bay declared a local disaster with regard to their dam levels. The Western Cape has actually been declared a disaster in terms of water levels. Parts of KZN have also been suffering due to low rainfall and they are also looking at desalination.
SA still relies largely on dams for water provision. This ongoing drought has sent out a strong message: we’re no longer going to be able to depend on adequate rainfall patterns and have to ensure we broaden our scope of supply across the board for every municipality. Only through diversifying our water supply will we be able to adapt to our changing climate. –