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Much-needed rain expected in some drought-stricken areas this weekend

Forecasters expect wet weather conditions in Gauteng, the Free State and the North West.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service says some drought-stricken areas may get some much-needed rain this weekend. 

Forecasters expect wet weather conditions in Gauteng, the Free State and the North West. 

The recent drought has had a devastating impact on maize crops - leaving many communities dry. 

The weather service's Bransby Bulo says, “We can expect thunder showers and scattered showers over Gauteng and surrounding areas, as well as the North West Province, Limpopo as well as the Mpumalanga highveld.”

Yesterday, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said food security was heavily threatened by the drought, which has resulted in low harvesting levels.

WATCH: Drought hits SA farmers hard

Zokwana had been in talks with MECs from drought-stricken provinces to receive feedback on their respective drought intervention programmes.

While some farmers struggle to keep their livestock alive, others have been unable to plant any crops at all.

Minister Zokwana said while many maize farmers have missed the harvesting period, they are being encouraged to plant other crops as rainfall picks up.

With food prices expected to rise, Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti says the solution isn’t as easy as simply curbing increases.

With many maize farmers having missed the harvesting period, government says it still expects to import five to 10 million tonnes of the crop.

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