In 2015 whilst on my way back to Johannesburg I noticed how dry the world looked. On one side of the highway the fields were dry and rather sad looking whilst on the other side it was green and growing. I mentioned this to my fellow traveller who told me she was a Free State Farmer and that there farm was suffering. Then post began to show on Facebook of dying animals and dry dams.
In December 2015 a post appeared on Facebook asking for water bottles to be dropped off at Aliwal North. ZWBDC was the first to see the appeal at 4am and shared it via Facebook where the appeal was taken up by other media houses and within hours water was being sent to the stricken town.
The government had not as yet declared a urgency or placed measures in place for water restriction. Conditions deteriorated. Eventually the drought had reached 65% of the country and the government declared an official drought. Municipalities began to put measures in place for water restrictions.
In December 2016 the drought broke in Gauteng with a thunder burst which promised to floods in Benoni. This was followed by heavy rains over a period of months which eventually filled up dams.
In the meantime the Cape still suffered water restrictions and dams dried up.