WATCH Rivers and Taps Flow Again in Some Drought-Affected Parts of South Africa

After heavy rains falling in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo over the past week, dried-up rivers have come back to life and started flowing again… answering prayers and bringing welcome relief to farmers and residents in the region.

At Herbertsdalenear Mossel Bay, relieved residents are able to use water from their taps again, after spending the last few weeks having to fetch water from tanks, according to SABC News in the Western Cape.

It’s thanks to the Langtou River which is flowing again, after being dry for three years. However this past weekend residents still had to fetch their water from tanks… but water is finally flowing out of household taps again as the town’s reservoirs are filling up.

Community leader, Kevin Julies, told the SABC: “We are very blessed with this rain. Thankful for the rain. All our reservoirs are full at the moment and we still busy saving water because we don’t know how long the water is going to last.”


For farmers, the recent rains have meant so much to them for the sake of their animals. For many the last few years have been tough without enough grazing for animals. Some had to sell, or even temporarily give away, their animals in a bid to keep them alive.

As the heavens opened, the farmers have rejoiced. Farmer Freek Muller told the SABC: “There’s water again. The water in the rivers is a source for life.”

According to SABC News, dams in the Little Karoo and Southern Cape have made a remarkable recovery –

  • in Oudtshoorn, the Raubenheimer Dam increased from under 40 percent to more than 48 percent full
  • the Wolwedans Dam at Mossel Bay increased from 43 percent last week to more than 68 percent full this week

WATCH VIDEO Rivers flow again in drought-ravaged spots in South Africa

WATCH: Rivers have started flowing again in some drought affected areas in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo, bringing relief to both farmers and residents. Heavy rain has been falling in the region since last week. At Herbertsdalenear Mossel Bay, residents are able to use water from their taps again after having to fetch water from tanks for the last few weeks. The Langtou River is flowing after three years of being dry. This past weekend, residents still had to fetch water from tanks, but now that the town's reservoirs are filled up and water is coming out of household taps again. Community leader, Kevin Julies says, “We are very blesses with this rain. Thankful for the rain. All our reservoirs are full at the moment and we still busy saving water because we don’t know how long the water is going to last. " Residents say they are also relived after the recent rains. Farmers are also rejoicing as it’s been a tough few years without any grazing for animals. Farmer Freek Muller says, “There’s water again. The water in the rivers is a source for life.” Dams in the Little Karoo and Southern Cape have made a remarkable recovery. In Oudtshoorn, the Raubenheimer Dam increased from under 40 percent to more than 48 percent full. The Wolwedans Dam at Mossel Bay increased from 43 percent last week to more than 68 percent full.

Posted by SABC News Western Cape on Tuesday, January 21, 2020