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Minister: SA's dam levels showing significant improvement

Water And Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says about a quarter of South Africa’s dams are over 100% full.

Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane stands at the Vaal Dam wall after two sluice gates were opened on 26 February 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says while the recent rainfall has provided some relief for the country's drought conditions, the effects will still be felt for the next few years.

Mokonyane says about a quarter of South Africa’s dams are over 100% full.

The minister gave an update on the status of the country's water and the recent drought at the Vaal Dam at the weekend.

Mokonyane says South Africa’s dam levels are showing significant improvement.

“The country’s drought outlook is looking up. Most dams and systems are showing recovery at different levels.

However, the minister says she's concerned about some provinces, especially KwaZulu-Natal, which has not shown any improvement.

The minister opened two sluice gates at the Vaal Dam on Sunday as water levels reached over 97%.

WATCH: Heavy rains brings some relief

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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