n IMIESA - Defeating drought together : president's comment

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



THE SOUTH AFRICAN climate is completely variable as a result of its geographical location. Situated at the tip of Africa, it is influenced by both warm and cold ocean currents and its topography. The major portion of the country receives summer rainfall; the highest annual rainfall occurs in the east and reduces as you move across to the west. One of the manifestations of this variable climate is drought, which occurs frequently in terms of data collected since 1950. The predictability and duration of these drought cycles is, however, lacking and the WRC (Water Research Commission) has suggested that a hydrological institute needs to be established to play an important role in drought monitoring and research. The intensity of the droughts seems to be increasing and could be attributed to climate change.

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