Another drought looming in Giyani

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Nsami dam. Image supplied.  

By Ntsako Ngoveni

Giyani- The Giyani area in Mopani might be in for yet another localised drought. Two dams are at their lowest levels recorded in years. The Middle Letaba dam one of the largest in Limpopo is at 10%, while the Nsami dam is currently at 21%.

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The situation is expected to become so dire if it does not rain in the coming weeks.

According to Mopani District Municipality spokesperson, Witness Tiva, MDM is in talks with the Department of Water and Sanitation to check alternative ways to save the community of Giyani from the upcoming drought.

“The first option to consider is to revamp bore holes bearing in mind that if water on the surface is affected, also the underground water will be affected.” Said Tiva.

A multimillion rand pipeline project to source water from the Nandoni dam in Vhembe has hit a snag and that was more than 8 years ago.

“Communities are urged to continue to use water sparingly in order to prevent this drought.”

Millions of people who will face the worst drought will have no option but to pin their hopes on the possibility of early summer rainfall to fill up the two dams.

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