I took the photos of Theewaterskloof Dam on my iPhone at about 10.30 on Saturday 01 Oct 2017 while I was flying a light aircraft over the area. At the time, I flying at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level.
On previous flights I had also flown over the Voelvlei, Worcester, Brandvlei and Theewaterskloof dams and thought I’d have a look again this past Saturday to see how dam levels were looking. Voelvlei, Worcester and Brandvlei didn’t appear to have changed much in the past 6 weeks, but the water level on the Western half of Theewaterskloof was noticeably lower and quite startling.
The first image shows the Eastern and Western halves of the dam with the Eastern section below the bridge.
These second and third pictures show the Western portion of the dam with its receded water-line. All the light-coloured terrain is usually underwater.
Linden Birns is based in the Cape and is very keen on planes. Given the stark images he has captured, which show the poor water levels in some crucial dams, The Cape Messenger thanks him for allowing us to publish them.