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Kubayi-Ngubane: Govt working to ensure SA doesn't run out of water

Forecasts predict that the country will only receive its major rainfall from the beginning of January.

The Wemmershoek Dam in the Western Cape is currently just over 49% full. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet says that current dam levels in the country are concerning, as there is more evaporation than rainfall.

It says that given insufficient rainfall to recharge water sources, the country is not yet out of its drought situation.

Forecasts predict that the country will only receive its major rainfall from the beginning of January.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says: “Cabinet wishes to assure the public that national, provincial and local government are cooperating and working together to ensure that South Africa does not run out of the water. Cabinet ensures everyone to play their part in saving and using water wisely and sparingly.”

On Monday, the Central Karoo town of Beaufort West reported that it has run out of dam water.

The Western Cape Local Government Department's James-Brent Styan said that the Gamka Dam, which is the main source of drinking water for Beaufort West residents, was empty.

Relief aid group Gift of the Givers is doing its bit to the help the parched town of Beaufort West.

Residents are now relying on boreholes and treated sewage water.

Gift of the Givers has taken on the services of a hydrologist who's been tasked with sourcing more groundwater.

WATCH: Clearing alien vegetation & saving water at Wemmershoek Dam

Additional reporting by Shamiela Fisher.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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