Beaufort West farmer ‘battling’ amid drought

The Great Karoo town’s dam ran dry in November, but it relies mostly on underground water and reserves from a reclamation plant.

The reclamation plant in Beaufort West delivers around 1.8 million litres of drinkable water per day. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A small-scale farmer in Beaufort West says he’s battling to keep his business running amid the drought.

The Great Karoo town’s dam ran dry in November, but it relies mostly on underground water and reserves from a reclamation plant.

Residents say if it does not rain soon, their situation will look worse in a few months' time.

Dust and the expanse of arid Karoo land lead us to Hoekskuil farm, about 40 kilometres outside Beaufort West.

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On these 3,000 hectares, 69-year-old Jan Bostander farms with sheep and Angora goats.

He says he’s been battling for the past two years, as a result of the drought.

“It’s very tough during this time in the Central Karoo.”

In the town itself, residents are aware of the water crisis but add they can only go so much to try to save water.

Five new boreholes have been brought online that will each provide about 500,000 litres of water per day, for the next four years.