Another cold front to batter SA

2012-07-17 12:31

Cape Town - A fresh cold front would hit the Western Cape at the weekend, the SA Weather Service said on Tuesday.

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said South Africans should brace themselves from Friday for a cold front that would "invade the western areas of the Western Cape".

On Saturday, the chill would spread to the Eastern Cape and most of the Northern Cape, bringing with it "cold to very cold" conditions.

By Sunday, the southern Free State, Lesotho, and parts of KwaZulu-Natal would also feel the nip in the air.

Mofokeng said the cold front was not likely to bring snow or heavy rain with it and was not as strong as the previous one.

Most affected roads re-opened

Chaos erupted around the country at the weekend as heavy snow and rainfall battered parts of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Free State.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation said most affected roads had been re-opened, including all mountain passes in the Eastern Cape.

Eastern Cape disaster management chief John Fobian said although the passes were open, motorists should be careful as they were still slippery because of melting snow. He said order had mostly been restored in the province.

"Everything is more or less normal. We are still attending to people in Port Elizabeth [who were displaced by flooding]. They are staying in halls and we are assisting them," he said.

The downpour in Port Elizabeth led to the evacuation of about 2 000 people. Kleinskool, Salt Lake, Missionvale, Nooitgedacht, Motherwell, Kuyga, and Wells Estate were the worst affected areas.

Stuck tourists, residents picked up

Several tourists and residents stuck in the Baviaanskloof area were airlifted to freedom on Monday.

"The chopper worked from 09:00 to 15:00 picking up people in the area. About 10 people were affected," Fobian said.

"These people included a woman who was 9-months pregnant and had a sick child in Kareedouw, as well a professor who did open heart surgery and needed to be in Johannesburg," Fobian said.

In the Western Cape, all roads had been re-opened, except for two passes.


RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail said the Swartberg Pass, between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert in the Western Cape, would remain closed until further notice because of snow.

The Molteno Pass, which connects Beaufort West to Loxton in the Northern Cape, was also closed.

Traffic would be affected on the N2 at Sir Lowry's Pass, towards Grabouw, as debris, caused by a rockfall, had still not been cleared from the road.

"The rocks are still posing a challenge. Motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution."

The rockfall on Sunday damaged two cars. Twelve people, including six children, sustained scratches and bruises.

Motorists were warned to monitor weather patterns and media reports when planning a long trip.

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  • Bonjo - 2012-07-17 12:41


      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-17 12:48

      DVD and popcorn again this weekend...

      Bonjo - 2012-07-17 12:55

      @PointBlank...Plus a heater and a wish that eskom will play nice. - 2012-07-17 13:28

      Cant wait ...

      Morne - 2012-07-18 14:24

      Did Zambezi not perhaps refer to the white snow that has fallen? Why must everything be about race? FFS grow up people!! You make me ashamed to be a white south african

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-18 14:28

      @zambezi - they had black frost in the eastern cape

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-17 12:53

    PJ's, popcorn, hot chocolate and DVD's again this coming weekend. 2 cats as "hot water bottles".......

      silas.mooi - 2012-07-18 10:03

      "2 cats as "hot water bottles"" ...... hmmmmm!!!!

  • treyzo.mbelo - 2012-07-17 13:03

    I am an outdoor person, they did not mention anything about Gauteng. Does this means joburg is safe?

      christo.kruger.7547 - 2012-07-17 13:13

      Joburg is never safe.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-17 13:21

      We are freezing in Gauteng as it is, especially at night. I hope this means we won't be made to suffer even more this coming weekend. Boy I hate winter :)

      tooka.loosh - 2012-07-19 09:55

      @ themba Oh the humanity! - when will the suffering end?

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-07-17 13:12

    Oh goody.......need to book DVDs again. :) Treyzo - well, personally I think Jhb is colder, but I guess in the day it's not that go ahead, think it's safe. :)

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-07-17 13:12

    Pub with a fireplace, warm beer, 2 rugby games Place to be Travellers Rest ,New Hanover !!!!

      leigh.windvogel - 2012-07-17 15:46

      warmer beer will most deff give you a hangover.......

      Morne - 2012-07-18 14:31

      They must be English...

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-18 18:22

      warm beer, hahahaha thats a 1st..

  • Joe - 2012-07-17 13:19

    Better to be outside in the sun catching a fish or hitting golf balls.

  • keabetswe.leshumu - 2012-07-17 14:03

    oh hell no,another weekend indoors i am tired of sitting and eating lol

      flyswat - 2012-07-17 18:13

      Mushrooms are sprouting off the top of my head already from being so damp all the time...

  • michangel.justice - 2012-07-17 15:07

    I believe my comment really made an inmpact and looking at the amount of thumbs down i prove to right. People will not REPENT no matter what calamities come our way. PEACE BE WITH YOUR ALL for the THUMBS UP. GOD BLESS AND A SAFE JOURNEY FOR YOU ALL.

      gordon.sims.180 - 2012-07-17 15:36

      Besides NOT being able to write properly - I do believe that YOU are the one in need of blessings and a safe journey ......... hopefully to a place of safe keeping where they lose the keys !!!!!!!!!!!!

      dick.oliemans - 2012-07-17 16:23

      Since when is normal winter weather a calamity? Please explain

      flyswat - 2012-07-17 18:16

      Ummmm, they prayed before the Titanic went down. They prayed on the Hindenburg. They prayed on the Concorde, twin towers... did it help? But you should be fine. The retard is always the last to get killed.

      Johan - 2012-07-18 09:05

      You are only here to score.

      lindibleu.nhlapo - 2012-07-18 12:55


  • noelle14 - 2012-07-17 16:17

    Can't believe this insane weather! Cape of good snow...

  • cas.vanniekerk1 - 2012-07-17 16:38

    So much for Global Warming:-)

      flyswat - 2012-07-17 18:17

      Yip! Still waiting! I wish it would hurry up already!

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-07-20 07:20

    Brace yourselves!

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