Cape Town dam levels increase to 46% but province still under pressure

Cape Town received much needed heavy rains on Sunday and Monday, but is it enough?

The City's dam levels have fractionally increased to 46% from last week. It's more than double than they were last year when they stood at 20.6%.

Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development, Anton Bredell talks to Kieno Kammies about the significance of these gains, but also what we need to be wary of.

We call on the public to realise the source will stay under pressure...with population growth our resource is under pressure.

Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development - Western Cape

He says the Karoo is under pressure, though there is some relief in the area. The Gamka dam in Beaufort West, which was bone dry less than two months ago, is now at 43% capacity.

We will help and support the smaller municipalities.

Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development - Western Cape

We do have a water plan for the Western Cape. We have revised that and are in the final stage of that.

Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development - Western Cape

Desalination and aquifer water is part of the plan, he says.

He says protecting biodiversity is key.

Managing the estuaries, river and canal systems is crucial, he says.

We have over the years neglected the protection of our estuaries.

Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development - Western Cape

Listen to the interview below:


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