Vaal Dam's sluice gates opened

A general view of rising water at the Vaal Dam on March 11, 2014 in Johannesburg. Photo: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Cornel van Heerden

JOHANNESBURG – Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has opened two sluice gates at the Vaal Dam and issued a flood warning in preparation.

This week the Vaal Dam's levels exceeded 85 percent – the highest they have been in two years.

On Sunday afternoon, the event drew crowds of people.



Mokonyane told gatherers: "I trust the lessons learnt on responsible water use will become a norm and a way of life for us all."

She also thanked Gauteng residents for adhering to water restrictions, stating: "Gauteng water restrictions are lifted immediately."



"This in line with our assessments that a full recovery from the drought will be seen in two to three years' time."

Dam levels across the country have fallen dramatically over the past year as a result of the drought.



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