During October 2017, significant rainfall events were limited to the eastern half of the country. Comparing rainfall totals to the long term average for October 2017, the rainfall received was near-normal to above-normal for most parts of the country, with patches of below-normal rainfall evident in the Northern Cape, as well as in large parts of the Western Cape and the Free State.

The South African Weather Services forecasts a weak La Niña weather pattern in the early summer, between November 2017 and February 2018. This could lead to above-average rainfall in many areas across the maize belt and bodes well for the new season crop. Unfortunately, the south-western parts of the country will remain dry and warm.

Dam levels

Available information on the level of South Africa’s dams on 30 October 2017 indicates that the country has approximately 63% of its full supply capacity (FSC) available, which is 14% more than the corresponding period in 2016.

Most of the provinces show an improvement in the full supply capacity. Dam levels, for the mentioned period, in the Northern Cape increased by 28%, followed by Limpopo with 24%, the Free State with 23%, and Mpumalanga, as well as North West with 22%, each.

However, decreases in the full supply capacity for the same period are evident in the Western Cape with minus 24% and the Eastern Cape with minus 2%. The provincial distribution of South Africa’s water supply, including Lesotho is shown in the table above. – Press release