Short but sweet — snow seekers have a blast

2014-06-07 00:00

THE light snowfall over the high ground of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday night generated much excitement amongst snow seekers, but sadly most of the flakes melted away in the bright morning sun.

On a snow recce yesterday morning, Weekend Witness came across two families who travelled from Durban towards the mountains and farmland between Mooi River and Estcourt where the snow had not yet melted.

Forethought and planning ensured that a delighted Reaven Ramiah and his two children, Aryana (8) and Sudatha (6), got to play with the white stuff. He said he had travelled to the area on Thursday night after hearing that it might snow.

“We heard on the weather that it might snow on Friday, so we made a call to a hotel nearby here and came up. We got here just after 8 pm and it has been wonderful.

“This isn’t the first time we have seen the snow. The last time it snowed here was in 2011.”

Aryana said she had been most looking forward to building a snowman and characters from her favourite movie, animated hit Frozen, and having snow fights.

A short distance from the Ramiah family were Ailie Maurice and her two children, Caitlin (6) and Ella (3), also from Durban.

It was the first time the children had seen snow.

Caitlin was the more prepared, as she came kitted out for the cold, while Ella, who was not wearing gloves, seemed to have had enough of the cold wind and ice as her hands were getting cold after playing for a short while.

“We heard there was snow and we just took a chance,” said Ailie.

“We just kept asking people around where can we find the snow and someone directed us to this place.”

Sadly for the snow seekers, much of the snow had melted by mid-morning, leaving only the legacy of an icy wind.

Those who were looking to build large snowmen would have been disappointed.

Siphesihle Dlamini of Pietermaritzburg, who was driving to Bergville with her family yesterday morning, was amongst the drivers who parked and played with snow along the N3.

“At first I thought it was frost but as we got closer, I saw it was snow.

“We just parked along the road and joined other drivers who were already there,” said a excited Dlamini.

It was the first time she had ever seen snow.

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