Fairlady - - BIG ISSUE - Xanthea Lim­berg

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. –

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