Faith leaders and concerned Nelson Mandela Bay residents gathered for a prayer service in front of the Port Elizabeth City Hall this morning in response to a call by Executive Mayor Athol Trollip.
About 80 people joined together in Vuyisile Mini Square to ask God to break the drought that Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding areas are currently experiencing.
“Know He [God] will answer our prayers … “, said Trollip. “Rain does not come from a tap, but from God.”
Apostle Neville Goldman, who led the devotions, gave a reminder of the need to repent for excluding God from matters. He emphasised the need to realign with God.
2015 was the driest year ever recorded and there is great need for extended periods of good soaking rainfall. Lower than average rainfall is currently predicted for the Southern Eastern Coastal area and this places agricultural activities and the jobs of those employed in the agricultural sector at great risk, Councillor Annette Lovemore told the gathering.
She warned that water shedding would have to be implemented if the city’s water resources are not managed carefully and if the drought does not break soon. Water restrictions prohibiting the use of hoses are already in place.