Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Department of Water and Sanitation says people should continue saving water as the recent rains didn't have much effect on the worrying dam levels.

The spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, says the dam levels were at 25.2 % before heavy rains and flash floods which took the lives of seven people and more than a hundred homeless in Gauteng.

He says levels are now standing at 27.7%.

It is still way below what we would wish for.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

Those kinds of heavy rains falls for a short period of time with devastating effects are not quite helpful.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

At the time when they were really coming down, the ground was still very dry, there was not much moisture underground that would then help that water to run into some of our rivers and reservoirs.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

Listen to the audio below to hear more about drought...

Read More
Tips for motorists stuck in flash floods

Tips for motorists stuck in flash floods

Automobile Association of SA has some suggestions on what to do in an event of flash floods.

Flood damage creates havoc to Joburg traffic lights

Flood damage creates havoc to Joburg traffic lights

The Johannesburg Road Agency has been working around the clock to fix the traffic lights damaged in the floods.

Road drain blockages are big danger during floods (and here's how to avoid them)

Road drain blockages are big danger during floods (and here's how to avoid them)

UCT lecturer Prof. Neil Armitage says better planning and preparation needed for flood management, and floodways need to be open.

Disaster management to the rescue of displaced families after floods

Disaster management to the rescue of displaced families after floods

PICTURES: Joburg residents have been urged to be more cautious on the roads as heavy rains claimed the lives of six people.

More rain expected tonight, Gauteng residents urged to stay alert

More rain expected tonight, Gauteng residents urged to stay alert

People in high risk areas have been moved to safer areas following last night's flash floods which took six people's lives.

You can buy inflatable pools, but can't use them 'til water restrictions cleared

You can buy inflatable pools, but can't use them 'til water restrictions cleared

The City of Cape Town has warned residents that plastic pools should only be used once level 3 water restrictions are lifted.

FLOOD PICTURES: Mashatile to help Alexandra victims

FLOOD PICTURES: Mashatile to help Alexandra victims

Six people have lost their lives after flash floods caused by heavy rain in parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

Motorists urged to be cautious after 6 people die due to flash floods

Motorists urged to be cautious after 6 people die due to flash floods

Some roads remain closed after traffic came to a standstill on Wednesday due to the floods in Johannesburg.

Cold events such as Tembisa tornado a blip on the radar - environmentalist

Cold events such as Tembisa tornado a blip on the radar - environmentalist

A tornado swept through parts of the East Rand, leaving over 20 people injured and multiple businesses and vehicles destroyed.

How to help the 15 000 residents hard hit by Cape floods

How to help the 15 000 residents hard hit by Cape floods

Residents in Langa, Gugulethu, Imizamo Yethu, Masiphumelele, Khayelitsha and Strand have bit hit the hardest by the harsh weather.

Brace yourselves for a cold front across WC this weekend

Brace yourselves for a cold front across WC this weekend

Temperatures are expected to remain low this weekend as heavy rainfall sets in from Saturday to Sunday.

African Utility Week: How South Africa could manage its water scarcity problems

African Utility Week: How South Africa could manage its water scarcity problems

An expert in water-energy-food nexus speaks of possible ways SA could solve water scarcity ahead of the 2016 African utility Week.

Higher than average rainfall in Gauteng at last

Higher than average rainfall in Gauteng at last

There is great excitement among weather experts as rain levels in Gauteng finally pick up after long dry spell.

Repairs underway after Cape's stormy weather leaves roadway damage

Repairs underway after Cape's stormy weather leaves roadway damage

Crumbling roadway, floods, fallen trees and a collapsed electrical pylon. A look at the damage caused by the weekend's weather.

Nearly 4 000 affected by Cape floods and how you can help

Nearly 4 000 affected by Cape floods and how you can help

Close to 4 000 people have been affected by flooding in the city’s informal settlements and here's how you can make a difference.

Photo album - Malawi flooding

Photo album - Malawi flooding

EWN's Govan Whittles and Aletta Gardener bring differing perspectives to the flood devastation in parts of Malawi.