RAINS BRING RELIEF TO SOUTH AFRICA’S MPUMALANGA PROVINCE, SWAZILAND

MBOMBELA, SOUTH AFRICA, The recent rains experienced in the Lowveld region of South Africa's Mpumalanga Province and parts of neighbouring Swaziland have brought some relief to the low water levels of dams under the control of the Komati Basin Water Authority (Kobwa).

The bi-national Kobwa project involves the Maguga Dam in Swaziland and the Driekoppiers Dam in South Africa, under an agreement signed in 1992, mainly for irrigation purposes. The project also benefits Mozambique through the Komati River.

The Manager for Water Management at Kobwa, Mathokoza Manana, said Tuesday that the recent rains had positively contributed to levels at both dams.

"The recent rains contributed positively to the dam levels before we started receiving these continuous rains. (The level at) Maguga Dam in Swaziland increased from 46.8 percent to 67.4 per cent now and Driekoppies Dam was at 28.8 per cent and it's now at 41.1 percent. This has positive implications for the farmers downstream," said Manana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK