Mokonyane credits other sources for rise in Vaal dam levels

Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the improvements in dam levels within the Vaal River system had little to do with the recent rains.

A gate at the Vaal Dam is opened. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the improvements in dam levels within the Vaal River system, which mainly services Gauteng, had little to do with the recent rains but were rather down to other sources that feed into the system.

The minister has given an update after meeting with Cooperative Governance MECs from all nine provinces across the country.

Although the country has experienced frequent rain over the past few weeks, and with more on the way, Mokonyane says South Africans, especially Gauteng residents, should not celebrate yet as the wet weather is contributing very little to the province's dams at the moment.

“Gauteng is at 87% and it’s not because of the rain. It’s all because of the other sources that feed into the Vaal River system.”

Mokonyane says science has shown that this is because when it rains in Tshwane and northern Johannesburg, the water flows into the Jukskei River, which then eventually moves into the Haartebeespoort Dam.

Mokonyane says that Gauteng will need more weekends similar to the one on Christmas Day in order for the dams to properly improve.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)