Extreme cold to hit this weekend

2017-08-25 06:00
Nombuso Makha with her wood outside her shack.Photo: siphelele nketo

Nombuso Makha with her wood outside her shack.Photo: siphelele nketo

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HEAVY rain and snowfalls are expected to hit many parts of the country this weekend and people of Kokstad are warned to keep safe and warm.
Nombuso Makha from the Phola Park informal settlement has started collecting wood from a forest before the cold front arrives in Kokstad.
From the onset of winter she has been using an imbawula - a makeshift coal stove made out of a tin, which is designed to burn for a long time.
“It is dangerous to leave imbawula burning, so I make sure that I put it off before going to somewhere. It keeps me warm,” said Makha.

When the Fever visited Makha in her shack, she was preparing food and outside residents were also collecting wood ahead of cold front.
Thomekile Ngodwana, Kokstad firefighter supervisor, warned people not to leave fires unattended.
He said firefighters will be on standby for emergencies. “People can keep warm by making fires, but they must put them out when not using them, to avoid accidents,” said Ngodwana.
Kokstad, Underberg, Matatiele, among other areas, are expecting snow.
Ngodwana said Greater Kokstad Municipality has graders on standby to shovel snow off roads.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube has issued a weather alert to communities ahead of the intense weather system that is about to hit.
Dube-Ncube said disaster management teams are on standby to deal with any eventualities that could arise from the deteriorating weather conditions.

“We advise KZN residents to be cautious as many will be affected by the cold and snow.
“We also advise people who are driving to take precautions and postpone unnecessary journeys at this stage.”

Cogta also reminded people to be responsible and ensure their children travel on safe routes going to and from school and avoid crossing in low-lying places, which are at risk of flooding.


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