The drought that caused Cape Town’s main water supplies to dwindle dangerously seems to have caused a shift in the mentality of locals – even when it rains, Capetonians are still concerned that it will not be enough to carry the city through into the long, dry summer.
Figures published by the South African Weather Service show that nearly every municipality in Cape Town and its surrounds received bountiful rains from Sunday to Monday, some regions getting up to nearly 90mm of rainfall.
Kirstenbosch received the most rain, with 86mm recorded. Jonkershoek followed with 53mm, and Villersdorp – where Theewaterskloof Dam is located – received more than 47mm of water. Grabouw received 43mm of rain, while Strand recorded 41mm.
Grabouw is also home to both of the Steenbras dams, and although they are not as big as the Theewaterskloof dam, they are also an important water source for Cape Town.
Although the rain was much-welcomed by locals, it caused chaos in traffic and the possibility of flooding had authorities on high alert.