This includes parts of the Free State, North West, Limpopo, coastal areas in the Eastern Cape and large parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Sputnik Ratau, the spokesperson of the Department of Water and Sanitation, says in general dam levels in North West improved with 4%, while levels in Limpopo improved drastically from 49.1% to 58,4%. He says although rain brought some relief in drought-stricken areas in the Northern Cape, dam levels continue to downslide in this province and dropped from 75.3% to 72%. Dam levels in the Western Cape plummeted from 69.3% to 67.3%. He says despite an increase in dam levels in some provinces - these levels are still below average compared to previous years.
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He says sustained rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal has led to an increase from 53,4% to 54,3% in dam levels in this province. The Vaal Dam, which supplies Gauteng, improved its level from 66,5% to 70,9%. The dam is part of the Vaal River Integrated System that consists of 14 water resources from different provinces. The water situation in Mpumalanga has also improved tremendously by 11% when the province’s dam levels zoomed from 60,2% to 71,3% this week. The improvement will bring relief to the Lowveld rivers such as the Crocodile and Sabie that run through the Kruger National Park.