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Rain brings some relief to Western Cape farmers

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Agri Western Cape says good rains and heavy snow has placed the industry in the province in a much better position than last year.

CEO of the organisation, Carl Opperman says although dams are filling up in the province, the drought is far from over.

Ground water was used extensively as a result of the drought, and needs to recharged.

The area from Bredasdorp to Mossel Bay and inland to the Karoo is still in a dire situation.

Opperman says as a result of the drought, many farmers are still in financial dire straits and many face cash flow problems.

Opperman says there is an urgent need for all stakeholders, including government to look at setting up an insurance plan or programme to assist farmers when serious crises hit.

“We’ve got assistance on the live stock side, but there’s no assistance for your horticulture and viticulture, people or your grain farmers at this point in time. We got to really look at it.”

“The upcoming farmers are still in dire straits because there is no capital or balance sheet to back them up. So we must also look at ways and means to assist up and coming farmers. We need to find ways to sustain them and take them further when we face crisis like this,” adds Opperman.

 

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Cape Town attracts an estimated 50 000 revellers

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Cape Town has had a perfectly-timed sign of better things in the New Year, with much-needed rain falling on the final night of 2017, when the city suffered its worst drought for a century.

The downpour did nothing to dampen New Year celebrations for an estimated 50 000 revellers at the country’s most visited tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront.

Partygoers ‘soaked’ up the whole atmosphere, including the rain and a kaleidoscopic fireworks display at midnight.

“Awesome, although it’s raining the atmosphere is amazing, the people are amazing and I’m really having a good year so thanks for having us in Cape Town whoop,” says a partygoer.

Another partygoer says, “We are enjoying it, and next year coming, I want to wish all the people in South Africa as we move from 2017 so we as friends and a nation stand together.”

 

 

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Ekurhuleni residents pray for rain

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