Eastern Cape rains bittersweet experience for province

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While live stork farmers have raised concerns over the heavy rains in the Eastern Cape, parts of the province have been provided with some much needed relief in drought stricken areas.

Andile Dweba from Qebedu outside Lusikisiki is one farmer who lost some of his sheep over the past three days.

Dweba says he’s watching helplessly as his sheep could fall sick and die.

“It affected us badly because now our livestock is outside and there’s no shelter where it can hide. Yesterday, we lost two sheep and now the other ones are still weak so we don’t know how it is going to affect us.”

However, in the Great Kei area which includes Chintsa, Haga Haga and Morgan’s Bay, dam levels have increased from 70 to 100%.

The Amathole District Municipality says it hopes for more in the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality as water levels are still low.

Amathole Spokesperson Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso says: “We welcome the current rainfalls as they bring a much needed relief into our dam levels. We do still have challenges in the areas such Raymond Mhlaba where Adelaide is sitting at 0.5 % and Andrew Turpin which supplies Fort Beaufort sitting at 5%. Other areas as well as in Mbhashe have low levels at 12% to 15%. Even though there are rain falls, we do urge our communities to use water sparingly so that we can preserve this scarce and precious resource,” says Mhlaba.

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