Vaal dam at 95%

"The plan is to life the water restrictions but there's a process which can only get underway on Friday after it is gazetted, then it will be up to the municipalities to lift the restrictions", he said.

Mokonyane thanked Gauteng residents for adhering to the water restrictions that were put in place.

Tshwane Municipality spokesperson Klaas Mofomme said the municipality would take direction from the department.

She said she trusted saving water had now become the norm.

He added that there was a "level of compliance" among citizens‚ but that "the process was not smooth".

On Monday morning, the Department of Water and Sanitation announced that the Vaal Dam had reached a level of 100%, prompting Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to make arrangements for the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng.

This was posted on the department's Twitter account.

Despite the much needed improvement in water levels, Ratau warned South Africans to continue to use water sparingly. But, Ratau said, "we are still in a drought", but good rains have had a positive effect on the Vaal integrated river system.

"Johannesburg can expect a chance of rainfall while Pretoria could potentially experience less rain compared to Johannesburg‚" said forecaster Wayne Venter.

  • Larry Hoffman