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W Cape govt put drought relief measures in place

Thursday 21 September 2017 09:56

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde says live feed is prioritised in drought relief because of the national regulation.

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Agri Northern Cape estimates that about 5 million hectares of grazing land is affected by the drought, an estimated 780 000 animals has also been affected.
Namaqualand, Pixley Ka Seme districts declared disaster areas

Saturday 16 September 2017 21:13

The entire Namaqualand as well as the Pixley Ka Seme districts in the Northern Cape have once again been declared disaster areas.

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Patricia De Lille says 500 million litres will be produced from underground resources like aquifers.
Water situation in Cape Town is under control: Patricia de Lille

Saturday 16 September 2017 13:17

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the water situation in in the city is under control.  

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Clover profit falls on drought, rand

Tuesday 12 September 2017 20:32

South African dairy company Clover Industries annual earnings fell 66%, hit by a drought and rand volatility, it said on Tuesday.

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Western Cape dam levels remain low

Monday 11 September 2017 18:41

The Western Cape Local Government Department says harsher water restrictions could be implemented across all the province's municipalities.

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 The agricultural sector has been severely affected by the drought in the Western Cape.
W Cape to address drought situation

Thursday 31 August 2017 21:24

Climate-related events such as droughts have in the past 14 years cost the Western Cape more than R7billion.

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Hellen Zille has told a media briefing in Cape Town that the province is experiencing its worst drought in years and that dam levels are currently at 32%.
Interventions are in place to stop drought in W Cape: Zille

Thursday 31 August 2017 16:21

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says a number of interventions are in place to stop the province running dry.

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In March, De Lille declared Cape Town a local disaster area to prepare for all eventualities.
City of Cape Town to receive R20.8 million grant for drought relief

Thursday 24 August 2017 05:43

The City of Cape Town will receive a R20.8 million grant towards its emergency disaster relief and towards drought relief.

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Western Cape dams see slight increase

Tuesday 22 August 2017 06:24

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says the average water level for dams across the province, has increased to 31%.

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Kenya is among countries in the East African region affected by severe food shortages following a prolonged dry spell.
Kenyan children malnourished, at risk of dying

Monday 21 August 2017 15:52

International non-governmental organisations working in Kenya say nearly 73 000 children in the country are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger.

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De Lille says they are faced with a scenario which they've dubbed  "The New Normal"  she says this means that they're actively planning for an indefinite drought
Cape Town looks at desalination to deal with water crisis

Thursday 17 August 2017 21:30

The City of Cape Town has put out a tender for the construction of a desalination plant. Mayor Patricia de Lille has announced various interventions to address an on-going drought.

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The city's dam levels currently stand at 31.1% with only 21.1% of the water being useable.
Cape residents urged to continue saving water

Tuesday 15 August 2017 08:35

Cape Town says water consumption in the city is still alarmingly high. In an effort to help reduce consumption, the city has suggested various water saving methods that residents can try at home.

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The municipality introduced tougher water restrictions after the Garden Route Dam dropped to below 45%.
George Municipality enforces new water restrictions

Tuesday 8 August 2017 06:21

The George Municipality in the Southern Cape has urged households to cut their water usage by half to ensure they don't exceed the 15-kilolitre per month limit.

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Relief as new water system comes on line in NMB

Sunday 6 August 2017 17:58

Residents in the water scarce Nelson Mandela Bay municipality can heave a small sigh of relief as a new water system comes on line for the city.

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City of Cape Town officials will forcibly reduce water usage by restricting supply.
Cape govt clamps down on excessive water users

Wednesday 2 August 2017 07:05

The City of Cape Town says it has stepped up enforcement measures to deal with high water users.

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There is major concern that the city of Cape Town will run dry as not enough rain has fallen.
Experts raise climate change concerns

Wednesday 2 August 2017 07:00

Water experts say climate change has come faster than was expected and that droughts are becoming more prolific.

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Northern Cape farmers seek financial relief from national government

Monday 17 July 2017 18:18

Northern Cape farmers are desperately seeking financial relief from national government.

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Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years
What Cape Town can learn from Windhoek on surviving droughts

Monday 17 July 2017 10:41

Human population growth, urbanisation, and climate change are all changing the world.

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Last year, South Africa recorded the lowest rainfall levels since 1904.
Water scarcity to put SA under dire strain

Thursday 13 July 2017 20:27

With the winter months here and a forecast of low rainfall in South Africa, the already water scarce country could be under dire strain.

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Drought affects Berg River Canoe Marathon: Organiser

Tuesday 11 July 2017 19:08

The severe drought currently experienced in the Western Cape has had a profound influence on the 2017's Berg River Ultra Canoe Marathon which starts on Wednesday.

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