I was recently asked if I would be leaving the country on Day Zero, projected to be 16 April currently, something that had never crossed my mind! It appears that a large number of locals are making plans to leave Cape Town, and reside elsewhere in our country or internationally, where they will have access to water! Quite frankly, I wouldn’t miss Day Zero for anything, as Cape Town will be making world history in being the first city in the world to run out of water! Continue reading →
Despite heavy rains in the past 24 hours, Cape Town faces a severe water crisis if the city and dam catchment areas do not receive more rain, the water resources projected to last for less than 100 days. Continue reading →
Mother Nature hit the Mother City and Winelands with a vengeance on Friday evening, with torrents of rain causing flooding and massive damage to tourist areas, which are closed for repair. More than 100 mm of rain was measured in most affected towns.
Accompanied by thunderstorms, the heavy downpours went on for hours, and the accumulated waters caused flood damage to many homes and businesses. Somerset West was worst hit, as the Lourens River burst its banks, flooding nearby houses, and the town received 200 mm of rain. The 125 patients in the Vergelegen Mediclinic had to be evacuated when water reached knee-height, the patients being sent to its Stellenbosch and Panorama branches. The N2 highway in the Somerset West area was closed on Friday evening, but has since been re-opened. In Strand Beach Road was closed due to flooding, and many home and apartment owners were stuck in garages during power outages. The X-ray unit of Strand Hospital caught fire due to an electrical short. The scenic coastal road between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay has been closed due to rockfalls. In Hermanus the local supermarkets were all flooded due to the volumes of rain. Whale Cottage Hermanus had water come in under the door, the volume of water not able to run off quickly enough. The road between Hermanus and Stanford is closed, as is the road to Creation wine estate*. Our Whale Cottage Franschhoek has a river running through it, and thankfully it did not break its banks Continue reading →
* South Africa has 38 organic and 10 biodynamic wine producers.
* ‘The Beautiful South’ tasting of South African, Chilean, and Argentinian wines was so successful with over 1000 visitors earlier this month, that it will be held in London again on 10 and 11 September 2014. The three countries’ wines will also be featured at Prowein 2014.
* A municipal strike is due to start in Cape Town from tomorrow (Monday 23 September).
* Snow fell on the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West twice in the past month, the latest snow falling on Thursday evening. The last snowfall was recorded in 1978!
* The world’s first Avozilla has been grown by Westfalia Fruit Estate in Limpopo, a maxi avocado being five times larger than a standard avocado and weighing about 1,3 kg, Continue reading →
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