Multi-Year Droughts Heralding Greater South African Water Crisis?

South Africa is among the 30th most water-stressed countries in the world. Since the beginning of the 2010s, the country has been trapped in a series of multi-year droughts, exacerbated by a rapidly heating planet as well as the long-term effects of El Niño. Average temperatures for the period 2010-2020 were the highest on record, and that translates into real problems for all communities. According to the State of the Climate Report in Africa 2019 report by the World Meteorological Organisation, temperatures in Africa have been rising somewhat faster than the global mean surface temperature. It adds that "the areas most severely affected by drought in 2019 were in southern Africa and were many of the same areas that were also affected by a protracted drought in 2014-2016", writes Roland Ngam for Daily Maverick.



Theewaterskloof Dam, located on the Sonderend River and the largest source of water for Cape Town at the height of Cape Town's 2017 water crisis (file photo).

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