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08 November 2019

Rustenburg – On Friday 1 November when the first rainfall for the summer season poured down, petrichor (the smell or scent of rain on dry soil) filled the air in Rustenburg and surrounds. 


After six months without a drop of rain in our area, the floodgates of heaven finally opened. 
According to a press release by South African Weather Service (SAWS) dated 4 November, the rainfall forecast for early-summer (Nov-Dec-Jan) indicates enhanced probabilities of below-normal rainfall over the far eastern parts of the country.

They also predict above-normal rainfall for the western to central parts.

In an interview with Platinum Weekly farmer Ulrich Neumeyer said: “We have thirsted for rain for over six months and are extremely thankful to God.

We recorded 29mm rainfall and you can already see little bits of green sprouting up everywhere – a truly remarkable sight.” 


Ulrich and Lezander Neumeyer farms Selu Safari, just outside Rustenburg. 


Lezander added: “Good rainfall lifts the financial burden on farmers as we do not have to buy so much feed for the game and livestock.”  

Emmanuel Muteedzi driving a tractor. 
Ulrich Neumeyer handling a sheep.
From left: farmer Ulrich Neumeyer, farm worker Emmanuel Muteedzi and farmer Lezander Neumeyer.

 

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