The drought is over

As I drove along the highway to East London today I heard the news that the Kouga dam was overflowing! I was going to type “you have no idea what this means to us ‘ but of course most here do.

It is the largest of the dams supplying this region, when full, as now it is 35 km long!

2 of our other dams are overflowing and the other two must be close to overflowing by now.

So, my question is, why hasn’t our municipality made a statement about this, this is the best news that we’ve had in perhaps 2 years and nothing from them.

Is it because it happened on a weekend?

Is it perhaps because despite prior warnings our council has been shown to be completely inadequate in times of flood disaster management.


Is it because they can no longer charge ratepayers a penalty for exceeding limits now that water is in plentiful supply?

11 thoughts on “The drought is over”

  1. Is it because they can no longer charge ratepayers a penalty for exceeding limits now that water is in plentiful supply?

    Tut! Tut! Soutie! How cynical!

    You must have had a lot of rain in the last three days – I think you were saying that the dams were ‘officially’ nearly 50% full! Let’s hope that you don’t now go into ‘flood’ mode….

    Enjoy your baths!!


  2. Hello Boa, we’ve been hovering around 30% capacity (perhaps 6/7 months supply) for just on two years, it’s the simple things I’ll enjoy now, like flushing the toilet that I’ll enjoy most. I know that you and Bearsy have been through this before, I do it perhaps every 6/7 or 8 years, the relief is still immense.

    Our idiots haven’t yet announced the drought being broken, but what I saw and heard today I am quite confident in giving a scoop to The Chariot.

    Ha ha, you suggest cynical, it’s a fact of life, they are going to have to do some ‘belt tightening’, shame!

  3. Even with all the rain we had a few months ago, there are still some restrictions of water use here – mainly to do with the days and hours on which one can and cannot water gardens. I suppose it’s not a bad idea to encourage people to think about their water use even in times of plenty!

    Belt-tightening? I thought councils, by definition, were ignorant of the necessity of cutting back! Expect your rates to rise to cover the shortfall!

    I can be just as cynical as the next one!

  4. Hi Soutie.

    Glad to see that your drought is at an end. Not, as a Jock, that I really understand drought. Being damp is our natural condition. Externally, that’ll be the constant rain. Internally, that’ll be what we quaff after we’ve turned all that water into something drinkable by mixing it with malted barley etc.

    Anyhow, social niceties over and I really want to talk to you about the Super 15 games today. What a superb feast of rugby. Not that I’m totally happy with the results. Looks like we’ll have to go to Pretoria next weekend and beat you, unless the Brumbies do the decent thing and thump the Waratahs so that we can both go through.

    Brilliant aggressive rugby against the Stormers from your lot today. The game was only spoilt for me by the fact that Kaplan was the referee. I have no doubt that his mother loves him but I never will.

    Major get out of jail time from the mighty Sharks against the Lions. Just grateful that Butch did the decent thing for old time’s sake and got himself yellow-carded to allow us to snatch the draw. What a cool customer Lambie is. Either of those last two conversions could have been easily missed in the circumstances.

    The reason I’m getting a wee bit excited about this year’s Super 15 is that it looks like the Reds are going to have home advantage through to the final and that there must be a fair chance that they’ll be playing a team from SA if they do go all the way.

    I’m going to be in Brisbane or thereby on 9th July so I’m packing the Bokke gear for the trip just in case it happens. C’mon the Sharks, whom failing the Bulls or the Stormers.

    A man can dream!

  5. Pseu :

    Thatโ€™s a fantastic photo of the water over flowing, Soutie.

    Morning Pseu, it is isn’t. If you click on the pic it takes to the Gamtoos River Valley’s official page on the dam.

  6. Hello John

    As you say C’mon the Brumbies’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I see that The Reds are away to the Chiefs, that’s no cakewalk and with The Stormers playing the Cheetahs up in Bloem the final log standings are far from over, the worst The Reds can finish is 2nd but lets not get ahead of myself. A Cape town final is still possible!

    John Mackie :

    What a cool customer Lambie is.

    You’re right about Lambie, I remember when he was introduced to the world last year writing on Eric Jansen’s blog that he should watch for Pat Lambie as I thought at last we (SA) had a flyhalf who I considered ‘the real deal!’

  7. Morning Soutie, you call that a dam? ๐Ÿ˜‰ In April last year I rode my motorbike back form Zambia. I crossed Kariba dam which had 3 of 6 floodgates open. Here is a picture. But it does not do justice to the awesome power of the spectacle. It is particularly impressive if you stand directly over the gates when they are open.

  8. It was heartbreaking watching Bryan Habana getting caught just metres from the try line in the dying seconds of the Stormers Bull match. What a thriller that was and what a finish that would have been. But my goodness were both sides screwing up their lineouts, especially in the first half.

    FYI, it is a bright sunny day here and the temp is set to be 21 degrees. Not bad for mid winter. All the more reason to have a semi final and final here at Newlands.

  9. Guys….please, everyone knows the Crusaders are going to win Super 15! The Reds are just flashing in the pan and will collapse in the knockouts – no spine these aussies!

    Great games though, SA rugby sure is in good health ๐Ÿ˜€

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