More rain will bring relief
Limpopo farmers whose crops and animals were wilting because of drought can stop panicking and brace themselves for more rain, the South African Weather Bureau (SAWB) said yesterday.
Bureau forecaster Siyabonga Mthethwa told Sowetan yesterday that rain would fall in Limpopo until October 12.
"The Lowveld towns such as Tzaneen, Phalaborwa and Polokwane are expected to receive more rain than other areas in the next two weeks," said Mthethwa.
He added that areas such as Lephalale and Musina were expected to receive an average rainfall of about 50percent.
The rains, according to Mthethwa, would be enough to thwart the drought in the province.
The Tzaneen areas, which include Bolobedu, where the Modjadji royal family and council will hold their yearly rain-making ceremony on October 6, will receive good but light showers until October 9.
Statistics released by the bureau yesterday indicate that the Waterpoort area had so far received 77percent of rain, Thabazimbi 58percent, Musina 43percent, Warmbaths 37percent, Levubu 36percent, Phalaborwa 32percent and Lephalale 30percent.
According to Mthethwa, Gauteng and Free State will receive more rain than Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
Mthethwa said rain will continue to fall in Gauteng and Free State until mid-October.
The South African Farm Management (SAFM), which runs more than 50 farms in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Free State said the rain that fell in the country thus far was a drop in the ocean.
SAFM managing director Charles Boyes said many farmers had lost their livestock and crops as a result of drought.
"More rain is still needed before we can declare ourselves safe."