News

Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development

12 June 2018

The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week starting 11 June was 25.9% (2017: 19.4%). Last week at this time the level was 23.8%.

Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape says it is heartening to see dam levels increasing.
“Most major dams in the Western Cape are showing slight increases. The Voëlvlei dam (currently 25.5% full this week), the Theewaterskloof dam (20.8% full this week) and the Bergriver Dam (53% full this week) are all showing slight improvements. It’s also good to see Clanwilliam dam at 20.4%. A few weeks ago the dam was below 6%.”

Bredell has continued to warn that the drought is still far from over.
“A lot more rain is needed before the end of the winter season. The latest predictions indicate we are in for some cold and wet weather over the next ten days. From Thursday an intense cold front is expected in the Western Cape for what seems to be about a week.”

Bredell says the predictions indicate high ocean swells and lots of rain across the province.
“The detrimental effect is that we may see localised flooding in areas across the Western Cape and people may be exposed to the elements. We want to urge the public to be proactive over the next two to three days that are expected to be hot and dry, by preparing themselves for the expected cold and wet weather. In addition, when the bad weather strikes, and challenging situations do occur, the relevant disaster management entities should be contacted as quickly as possible. They will be ready to assist.”

The number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be
dialled toll-free from any cell phone.

In case of emergency other relevant numbers to call are:

Cape Winelands: Langeberg Municipality 0860 88 1111
Eden District: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
West Coast: 022 433 8700
Overberg: 028 271 8111
City of Cape Town: 107 landline or 021 480 7700

Flooding related Tip Sheet

How Can I Prepare for a Flood?

Identify the risk in your local area.
Prepare a home emergency plan, and identify risks around your home.
Remove leaves (from downpipes or gutters) or any other items that can increase the risk of flooding in your area.
Have an evacuation plan. Everyone in your family has to know where to go to find shelter.
Prepare an emergency toolkit. This should include a first aid kit, torch and portable radio with batteries, candles and waterproof matches, drinking water, a multi-tool, whistle and emergency contact numbers.

What Should I do during a flooding?

Monitor current flood warnings. Listen to the radio for emergency warnings, evacuation advice and weather updates.
Avoid entering floodwater unless it is necessary, and never underestimate the strength of floodwater, even if you are inside a vehicle.

Follow all instructions from emergency authorities.
Turn off all electricity and water and take your cellphone with you.
Assist elderly and disabled neighbours.

What Should I do after the flood?

Before entering your house, wait until the water has dropped below floor level.
Check with electricity and water authorities to know whether it is safe for you to use these resources.
Be aware of contamination if water sources have been flooded; this could be unsafe to drink.

ENDS.

Media Enquiries: 

James-Brent Styan
Spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell
Mobile: 084 583 1670
Telephone: 021 483 2820
E-mail: James-Brent.Styan@westerncape.gov.za