VIDEOS Storms and Rains in SA…But Drought Persists

As South Africa grapples with its worst drought in 100 years, prayers were answered for many in the last 24 hours or so as rain fell around the country…but the drought is far from over.

Pretoria rain
Photo: Shameema Omar‎ – “Gloomy but blossoming beauty in Pretoria today”

Virginia reported a “lekker” 30mm, Hoopstad 50mm, and someone in Fairland reported their rain gauge was measuring 100ml and had overflowed twice this week.

West Freestate rain
Photo: FB/Silostrat – “Dit reën in die Wes-Vrystaat!!!! Dankbaar – Amen!”

It was also raining in Sasolburg, Brits, Rustenburg, Bethal (Mpumalanga), Posthumus, Ladybrand, Bloemfontein, Ermelo, Lichtenburg, Kroonstad, George, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Parys, Mortimer, Vereeniging, Brakpan, Cradock (Eastern Cape), Queenstown…

Pretoria rains
Streaming water in Pretoria today.

And down in Durban it rained “big time” with a violent storm hitting parts of KwaZulu-Natal last night.

Durban Storm on Twitter:

Meanwhile other parts of the country – like Ceres in the Western Cape – remain gripped by the drought, as shown in these photos taken on the Witzenberg Mountain Pass this week…

Ceres Valley on Witzenberg Mountain Pass
Ceres Valley on Witzenberg Mountain Pass
One Facebook user said: “Please keep us here in the Western Cape in your thoughts and prayers. We desperately need rain. It is starting to get desperate here. Some places have run out of water and others are living on borrowed time.”

Ceres Valley on Witzenberg Mountain Pass

If you would like to help those suffering from the drought, please visit The Water Shortage SA Group here.