The Department of Environmental Affairs says it’s pleased with the recent rainfall figures and the increasing dam levels in the Western Cape.

The average dam level for the province has reached 34.9%.

In the corresponding time last year, the average level was 25.9%.

The Gamka dam in Beaufort-West in the Karoo, which has been empty for two years, now stands at 45%.

Department spokesperson James Brent-Styan says, “The agriculture sector remains under severe pressure, including areas around Beaufort West and surrounds. There’s been a lot of rain falling in the mountainous areas, but not necessarily more widespread than that; so that remains a concern.”