WATCH Dam Fills, Waterfall Cascades as Heavy Rains Bless South Africa

Heavy rains have fallen over parts of South Africa resulting in chaos and flooding (in the West Rand particularly), but also bringing much needed water, relief and hope to parts of the country which have been suffering during one of the longest droughts in SA’s history. Watch here as water can be seen filling up an incredibly dry and parched dam floor in the Karoo:

Dankie HERE! Ons dam kry water.

Posted by Riaan Pilcher on Friday, February 7, 2020

The above video is believed to have been filmed at Nqweba Dam on the Sundays River, near Graaff Reinet.

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After heavy rains filled up the Hartbeespoort Dam, the 10 gates were opened. The sirens that can be heard were warning residents…


Gauteng Floods

The SA Weather Service (SAWS) issued an alert early Saturday morning asking residents to avoid the roads today and be “very vigilant”.

In an update this afternoon, SAWS extended a warning of “flooding – from continuous on and off showers” in Gauteng for the rest of the day (until at least 23h00).

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Cresta, Johannesburg, today – this river is usually just a small stream. Photo supplied by Dawn de Villiers

Witkoppen Road at Fourways in Johannesburg, was flooded earlier on Saturday, looking more like Witkoppen River! The road has been reopened.

SAWS also issued warnings for parts of the Eastern Cape, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provinces; and a ‘watch’ in parts of Mpumalanga for “severe thunderstorms with possible heavy rain”.

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SAWS Weather Warnings and Watches today (Saturday 8 February 2020). Screenshot from SAWS

In Roodepoort yesterday, a video was taken of the incredible scene as water cascaded down the waterfall at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden.

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In the Karoo in the Eastern Cape, the scenes looked miraculous…

Here’s Sunday’s River, in the Graaff Reinet area, now flowing strong. Video by Christo Vermaak.

While the scenes are wonderful, there was chaos in Joburg this morning with the heavy rain, which started last night, and continued today… with bridges and roads being closed, and concern for those in informal settlements living alongside the Jukskei:

Gauteng publicist Georg Knoke explained: “When it rains in Joburg, underlying structural issues come to the fore – like in any other city!”

He added: “So far around 140 mm of rain have blessed us here! And that’s fantastic news!”

BUT THE DROUGHT’S NOT OVER

It’s important to note that although the rains bring relief and some areas have had some very good rains, it’s not all… and “it will still take a couple of years for farmers to see the result of the rains in their crops – provided more rain falls,” according to Deon Smit, Founder of SA Water Warriors.

Smit told SAPeople this is still an ongoing project. If there is any way that you could help the farmers, please donate via PayPal (deon@sawaterwarriors.org) and Back a Buddy.