According to the South African Weather Service, not much rain for the Eastern Cape is predicted before December. Climatologists are saying the weather is becoming more difficult to predict and that the prospects are dire.
With no rain or other solution in sight, donors have stepped in to drill boreholes and provide drinking water for communities hit by extreme water-shedding. Project manager Ali Sablay has been working in the Eastern Cape since February. His phone never stops ringing.
Samantha Graham-Maree, who has been fighting the cause of the Graaff-Reinet people in Parliament, looks at the line forming for water. Since the main supply dam outside the town, the Nqweba Dam, ran dry, the town had to rely on boreholes for its water supply. But the boreholes only yielded enough water for 80% of the nearly 40,000 people in the town.
“It has been diabolical,” Graham-Maree said. For the past few weeks, the town has been struggling for water, with the municipality blaming Eskom and the heat for frequent and prolonged water outages.