PRETORIA– South Africans from all walks of life, wherever they may be, have been encouraged to pray for rain this coming weekend by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane who says that faith-based organizations play an important role in communities and they can help as water challenges continue in the country, especially in Western Cape Province.

The lack of rain, which has caused the average dam levels nationally to drop to as low as 59.6 per cent, is a serious concern and we need a coordinated effort that will ensure we secure much needed rains to complement our interventions,” the Minister said Wednesday.

The department is working round the clock with different stakeholders to ensure that the current systems do not fail in an effort to ensure that people continue to have uninterrupted access to water. The dwindling water levels have further been exacerbated by excessive water use and leakages.

We call upon all South Africans to head this call and pray for rain, while also adhering to water restrictions in an effort to save the current water that we have. In addition, we also encourage behavioural change in terms of how people use water. We need to inculcate the culture of saving this precious resource at all times.”

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on Drought and Water Scarcity will on Thursday brief the media on integrated efforts to ensure that the country responds effectively to the drought in the country, especially in Cape Town, where a countdown to Day Zero when the taps will run dry has begun.