Hats off to Cape Town for neatly side-stepping imminent drought disaster. While other major cities have taken years to recover from similar situations, Cape Town's dams are now sitting at 65,9%, up from last week's 65.3%. What's more, heavy rains forecast from today and these are expected to continue for the week ahead!

Just a few months ago, Cape Town seemed on the brink of disaster, with the real threat of the city's taps running dry. With a Goliath effort which included phenomenal planning, innovative buy-in from the hospitality sector, a selfless gift from the farming community and severe water restrictions, the City of Cape Town has bounced back quicker than any other city that's faced a similar situation.

This time last year, things looked dire indeed for the Mother City - with the Berg River Dam just 57% full, the Voëlvlei Dam at 26% and the main feeder and biggest dam in the province, Theewaterskloof Dam, was at a measly 27% capacity.

As of today, the Berg is at 97%, the Voëlvlei at 73% and Theewaterskloof at 49%. And the rainy season is far from over!

A fascinating time-lapse Gif showing how the Theewaterskloof Dam has come alive once more.

Courtesy @Glenn Moncrieff, a data scientist at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)

If you still have any doubts about visiting Cape Town because of the widely-reported water crisis, rest assured that Cape Town now has more than enough water for the foreseeable future - and will definitely not run dry, as some alarmists and media reporters warned only a few months ago.

Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities, is waiting to welcome you!


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