Despite opening five of the gates at the Vaal Dam over the past few days, the dam level was still at 109% capacity, and with more rain coming down on Friday, this didn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.
Two additional sluice gates were opened on Wednesday when the dam was at 110% capacity, after the first sluice gates were opened on 27 December, and another on Tuesday.
There has been a massive inflow of 614 cubic metres per second and an outflow of 713 cubic metres per second.
The large volumes of water have been a headache for those living and farming downstream of the dam.
Meanwhile, a conservationist from Randburg spent nearly 20 hours hanging onto a tree in the middle of the Vaal River after his kayak collided with a tree earlier this week.
CEO of Wild Serve, Dirk Engelbrecht and a team of professional kayakers and experts rescued 50 eggs and baby birds from an island in the Vaal Dam on Monday.