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Recent rains cause significant rise in dam levels

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane held a briefing at the Vaal Dam where dam levels have now reached over 97%.

FIILE: Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane addresses the media at the Vaal Dam south of Johannesburg on increased dam levels on 26 February 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the recent heavy downpours in some parts of the country have had a significant impact on dam levels countrywide.

The country's dams had been at their lowest in over three years due to the recent drought.

She has held a Sunday afternoon media briefing at the Vaal Dam on, where dam levels have now reached over 97%.
Mokonyane says the increase in dam levels is evident countrywide.

“The increase in dam levels results from the significant rainfall over primarily four days of good rain in the past week.”

The minister however says some provinces are still red with little or no rain at all.

“With a serious exception being the Western Cape, the western part of the Northern Cape as well as the Eastern Cape. These areas did not benefit from recent rains.”

The water and sanitation department will today open two sluice gates at the Vaal Dam as levels have reached capacity.

Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane presses a button to open two sluice gates at the Vaal damn on 26 February 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)