Drought Has Compelled Limpopo Inhabitants To Dig For Water In Mogalakwena River


Limpopo province lies in the South Eastern part of South Africa. It notably shares boundaries with some African countries like Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana. It also provides an unparalleled link between South Africa and some sub-Saharan African countries.

The Limpopo province is highly rated for its superb natural sites. These sites include its untamed bush landscapes, it’s hot and ever-sought after tourist grounds, excellent birding and many more fun things. Limpopo province is located at the northern gateway to the Kruger National Park. Major activities carried out in the village include cooking, arts performance and lots more.

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Following the incessant drought that has taken over major areas in South Africa, inhabitants of Waterberg, Limpopo’s main livestock farming zone, have started tasting the other side of nature as the river they solely depend on for their livelihood dried up. Reports said that the helpless villagers had to dig into the  river’s bed in order to source for water for washing of their livestock, feeding the livestock and other important things.

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It is three months now and still counting since the Mogalakwena river ran dry. History has it that the name “Mogalakwena was coined from two Tswana words- mogala which means “fierce” and kwena which means crocodile

Puzzled by the dryness of the river, 73-year old William Mokoka, a livestock farmer said;

“This river never dried up since I was born, but now is there is no river here. If you look it’s a bush,” he lamented.

This development has also forced herdsmen to engage in distant journeys just to gather food and find water and greener pastures for their livestock. Narrating their ordeal, Frans Sebetha who is the secretary of local farmer’s association said.

“We decided to dig in the river where we can see fresh mud. That is the only way to keep our livestock alive”.

This is not the first time limpopo inhabitants have bitterly witnessed severe dryness in their province. In 2013, some parts of Vhembe and Mopani were terribly struck with drought. Reports said that the disaster emanated as a result of intense heatwaves. Also, owing to the fatal condition, owners of local livestock were helplessly left with no other choice than to sell their cattle to commercial farmers at less than 10 percent of their original value.

Also, in 2015, Limpopo suffered severe drought along with KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. Reacting to the issue, Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha called for strict adherence to restrictions and intense water management guidelines in order to abate the condition.

However, it is not out-of-place to posit that places with drought challenges must as a matter of fact, put all necessities in place in other to combat this deadly menace. Hitherto, timely and frequent intervention are required in other to streamline ways of addressing drought. Forms like emergency food relief, proactive food storage, especially in places with dry climate conditions must be considered by concerned bodies or agencies. Also, guidelines on how best to maintain water usage should be related to affected areas and frantic efforts should be taken in order to put measures that would help forestall severe drought on ground.

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