From Drought to Floods in 1 week…

Yesterday I blogged about a nice breakfast run to our neighbouring town of Warmbaths/ Bela Bela. Even then the water was flowing about 30 cm deep over the road when entering the town after a week of quite heavy rain at times. But the sun shone brightly for a while yesterday, and it was quite an experience to take the bike out again.

But things in our region changed very dramatically. Some more rain fell. And a few farmers’ dam walls broke. We have a very good holiday resort between our towns,  named Klein Kariba. Unfortunately it is in a valley. With all the dams broken upstream a huge flood went through the place, washing caravans (mobile homes?) tents, cars and people downstream.  We hear the rumours on facebook this morning that a few people are missing at the moment. Not good news.

I did not take photos of the water along the road yesterday. But a few of my facebook friends did. And these are some photos from Juanry and Mona of the town of Bela Bela (AB de Villiers, the #1 Cricket Batsman at the moment in the world- his home town.)


Photo: Monique Ungerer


Where I buy my diesel…
Photo: Juanry van Niekerk


Photo: Juanry van Niekerk

At Klein Kariba, one of my favorite holiday resorts to visit, the damage was the worst as stated above. I have blogged quite a lot about this place, with a lot of photos of wildlife, boats, peaceful waters… that is why it is such a shock… 

Like these:


From Klein Kariba’s website at

Well- this is what happened yesterday afternoon: 

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Photo: Antowan Nothling Jacaranda FM


Klein Kariba Caravan Park
Photo: Antowan Nothling on Jacaranda FM’s facebook page

Also- Earlier in the week the rain already caused major damage to road to the town of Ellisras (Lephalale) where a huge power station is being built to save our economy…


Photo: Clara Ludwick

For some video material of the water to the west of us at Vaalwater-  from Afriforum’s website:


While this all is happening, the whole world’s eyes are on a small little altercation in the High Court 130 km south from us, where there is a show about some Oscar guy…  No golden statues involved, I believe…

We also experience huge power outages at the moment, because it comes to light that all our good grade coal is being exported to India, and the dregs from the washing process of this is used in our coal burning power stations, and everything is wet in any case…  So no electricity= no economic growth…

And our National Cricket team lost to some small island somewhere in the South Pacific, something like Australia or something…

And I am not in Cape Town to compete in my 20th Argus Cycle Race in a row- I think that is the worst of them all… the sun is shining in Cape Town, and I am not there.

No sorry- the worst still remain the people missing from Klein Kariba…


These are interesting times in Africa…



12 thoughts on “From Drought to Floods in 1 week…

  1. My daughter was their last year around july camp with school she says this is sad this flood is so shocking like she was not long their klein kariba is the best place ever she just does not get it let just pray to God he will never plz flood the world or limpopo she also went to warambaths

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  3. Such awful news, Vosper … and I’m obliged to add that these excellent photos provide a very good idea of just how awful it is over there. You go from one extreme to another, just as they do in Queensland. That shot of the road splits … someone didn’t do very good construction, there, eh? :-\
    All I can say is that these are times that draw people together in helping each other: we know all about that, too. The best is often brought out.
    As for the cricket – you’re still no. 1.
    As for that egocentric maniac – there are so many terrific paralympians that it makes one realise just how spoiled he has been – always treated like a hero, and behaving like a brat. Well I remember his reaction when he was beaten by another bladerunner … You have only to look at his face to understand that he thinks the world is his.
    I would like to put him in the situation of those poor bastards who’ve just been flooded out.

  4. Ons is net uit Nylstroom en het hierdie vreeslike swart wolke gesien….

    Was dankbaar om te kon terugry huis toe – vlakte toe….
    Maar hier lyk dit ook maar erg. Foto’s op my blog.

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