Queues braved to buy paraffin

2016-06-15 06:00
MULTITUDES of people stood in long queues to buy paraffin at a depot in Bloemfontein on Monday, 13 June. Photo: Teboho Setena

MULTITUDES of people stood in long queues to buy paraffin at a depot in Bloemfontein on Monday, 13 June. Photo: Teboho Setena

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PARAFFIN DEPOTS in Bloemfontein remain hot spots of possible stampedes with long queues of thousands of people with containers to buy paraffin.

This is all done to fight off the freezing weather experienced throughout the country.

Several depots in Bloemfontein experienced long queues, with lines of people snaking more than 50 m to buy paraffin and gas to fend off the devastating winter weather.

The long queues seen on Monday (13/06) at three depots along Church Street in Bloemfontein were similar to those of voters who cast their ballots at election polling stations.

Multitudes of people, young and old, braved the cold weather, standing patiently in the long queues for hours until they reached serving points at paraffin depots.

Some had even loaded contai-ners on vans and wheelbarrows to ensure they can buy enough paraffin.

As the clock ran down towards close of business, some appeared stranded, fearing they would return home without having bought a single container of paraffin.

The cold weather followed a cold front over the weekend, which has brought rain and snow.

Snowfall reports came from Hogsback in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.

Snow also drifted into the Golden Gate area of the Free State to create beautiful scenes along the mountain range.

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