The weather bureau has forecast a fair chance of rain in Modimolle and other towns. Photo: Mzamane Ringane

Glimmer of hope for rainfall in the region


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There was a slight chance the drought-hit Modimolle and large parts of the Waterberg could receive fair to good rains over the coming weekend.

According to world weather online, moderate to heavy rain was forecast for Sunday, 18 February and next Tuesday, 20 February. 

The weatherman had also forecast some patchy rain for Friday and Saturday across the drought-stricken areas. 

It remains to be seen if the forecast downpour would make any positive difference to water levels at Modimolle’s Donkerpoort Dam and Welgevonden at Mookgopohong.

The same weather patterns were this week forecast by the weatherman for Mookgophong and Bela-Bela.  

The scarcity of water at the Modimolle-Mookgophong municipality has been a thorny issue that has left residents frustrated over a period of time. 

Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene Van Staden recently told The BEAT the Donkerpoort Dam had the capacity to supply water for 96 days, while Welgevonden Dam has 40 days of water supply capacity.

Van Staden said the situation required for a rationing process to be implemented, so as to allow all residents to have access to water. 

High-lying areas such as Extension 10 and Bosveldsig are mostly affected by this crisis. 

The mayor said the recent high temperatures triggered a high demand, which resulted in the current situation and further made a plea for the residents of Modimolle to pray for rain.

4 months ago       15 February 2018