Orange river drying up and Aliwal North hit the hardest

12:43 (GMT+2) Mon, 28 Dec 2015
Pic taken by Route 66 Transport & Towing

Parts of the Eastern Cape's Joe Gqabi District have been without water due to a drought, with Aliwal North hit the hardest.

Joe Gqabi Municipality Water services Manager, Dumisani Luswana told Algoa fm News that all water sources including Orange river are continuing to dry up.

Luswana says the Municipality has been left with no choice but to try and access water through re-drilling of boreholes.

He added that National Government has also intervened in the matter by releasing water from Katse Dam in Lesotho to the Orange river.

Luswana says this however will take up to 10 days for the reach the area.

"We have quite a few individuals with private boreholes on their properties coming to us to let us know about them.We are now busy on the ground revitalising those boreholes" he said

@jamesmpat shared these pics with AlgoaFM via twitter, the one on the left shows the Orange River in December 2014 and the one on the right, 2015.


Meanwhile Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, has started her two day water security assessing visit in the Eastern Cape.

Department spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase, said that this was in light of the recent drought and delivery challenges that affected some parts of the province.

Ndamase said Mokonyane would be meeting with the Provincial Government, led by Premier Phumulo Masualle and the District Mayors from five municipalities.

He added that she would visit the Mbashe Local Municipality and will hand-over Water Tanker trucks in Idutywa near Butterworth on Tuesday.