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WATCH: SA facing worst drought in 1,000 years

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JOHANNESBURG - A Hydrology expert says his research suggests South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in a thousand years.

Dr Gideon Groenewald says small towns suffer worst with many of them having already run out of water. 

FILE: In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019,  a newly born flamingo chick struggles to walk on a dried out dam in Kimberley, South Africa. A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril. A reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa's largest flamingo populations is drying up. © AP Photo FILE: In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, a newly born flamingo chick struggles to walk on a dried out dam in Kimberley, South Africa. A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril. A reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa's largest flamingo populations is drying up. Groenewald said the drought was a result of a natural drying cycle and no one was to blame.

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“We are in a drought that has lasted for about 20 years in short term, 220 years in longer term and it's now going to a 1000 years according to my records, so it means no human being or institution can be blamed for the fact that the dams are dry...” he said.

a man that is standing in the sand Meanwhile, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, says if the country uses water sparingly, there will be no need for water-shedding.

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