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Concern over dam levels

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The dam levels in the Northern Cape was at 90.2% the department said in a statement issued yesterday.

CONCERN has been expressed whether the dam levels in the country, which are standing at 66.3%, will be sufficient enough for South Africa to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

This comes as the government has made an impassioned plea to all citizens to wash their hands with water and soap frequently and to sanitise them regularly. According to the World Health Organization,.

This week the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, directed the department to increase provision of water and sanitation in high-density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the coronavirus. According to the department, this is in line with measures which have been put in place to minimise and curb the spread of the virus.

No details, however, have been issued on measures that will be put in place in the Northern Cape and where, despite media requests.

According to the latest report by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the country has 21 189.3 cubic metres of water in its reservoirs, at 60% of its full capacity.

The dam levels in the Northern Cape was at 90.2% the department said in a statement issued yesterday.