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Mokonyane: Time for long-term approach to WC’s water woes

Last week the provincial government declared the Western Cape a disaster area.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: EWN.

THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM - Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says it’s time for a long-term approach to the Western Cape’s water woes.

Mokonyane visited the Theewaterskloof Dam on Thursday morning to assess the extent of the crisis.

Last week the provincial government declared the Western Cape a disaster area.

The drought has drained the Theewaterskloof Dam of water, leaving behind a barren landscape with protruding toothpick-like tree stumps scattered across what used to be the bottom of the dam.

It is a dire situation. The dam is just 14% full and only 4% of that water is usable.

Mokonyane says they are developing long-term solutions to the crisis.

“We’ll be in a position to provide some certainty for the coming period of 10 weeks. But within those 10 weeks we wouldn’t want to reach a lifeline, where we now say we’ve reached a hopeless stage.”

Experts say it will take two normal winter rainfall seasons to fill the dam back up to capacity.

LISTEN: What declaring WC a disaster zone means for residents

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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