Dryness has taken over the state following the severe drought experienced in some parts of the country. It is no news too that countless livestock and crops were lost to the drought.
We also brought you numerous reports about how some rural dwellers resorted to unhealthy water just to shake off dryness a bit. And how some persons took to producing locally made bottle water, making so much money from the business.
However, today we have a good news from South Africa Weather Service. Buzzsouthafrica learned that the meteorological service said most parts of the country will have good rainfall this week.
This recent information from the SA Weather service is coming against its initial report released last month.
Last month, the organization said that weather in the country will remain drier and warmer than usual until the autumn season which begins in April, the South African Weather Service.
“It is likely that the country would continue to experience persistently drier and warmer conditions toward the autumn season with a growing uncertainty as we go to the winter season,” the service said.
The organization further indicated the areas that will have surplus rain. They include Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, parts of the Free State, and the eastern part of the Eastern Cape.
Speaking, SA Weather forecaster Lebogang Mashile said, “This heatwave advisory ceases today [Monday] for the northern parts of Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga.”
He further revealed that “A heatwave usually lasts a minimum of three days. If those temperatures can’t reach the criteria for three days it’s not a heatwave.”
This is certainly a good news for inhabitants of northern parts of Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga as the heatwave would be placed in its proper place today.
Meanwhile, reports also said the temperature, mainly in Gauteng, will stay in the mid to high 20s. Possibly, there might be localized flooding in some places too.
The drought has dealt with most countries in Southern Africa since early 2015. The intensity of the drought has been attributed to the El Niño weather phenomenon.
Associate professor Dr. Mathieu Rouault of the department of oceanography, at the University of Cape Town said study revealed that although drought is common to Southern Africa, the two main causes of the current drought in the country are El Niño and climate change.
During the State of the Nation Address, President Zuma identified with victims of the severe drought. He said that government has never kept quiet on matters relating to drought-stricken areas in the country.
He said that the five affected areas were adequately fed with relief materials to forestall drastic food shortage among victims.
He also mentioned that the Department of Water and Sanitation had begun its training programme on water maintenance.
The department, he said will train 15 000 youths as artisans. In order to provide more water to the people. And that the Clanwilliam Dam wall in the Western Cape would be raised.