First time ever: Snow in all 9 provinces

2012-08-08 09:10

Johannesburg - It is probably the first time ever that snow has fallen in all nine of South Africa’s provinces on the same day.

Kenosi Machepa from the SA Weather Service said this when referring to the vast cold front that brought snow to Pretoria for the first time since the late 1960s, reported Beeld.

In the Western Cape, snow fell on mountains in the Boland as well as in towns like Richmond and Touws River while snow was lying thick on the Matroosberg in Ceres.

In Johannesburg, snow was lying up to 20cm deep in some areas while Golden Gate in the Free State got the most snow in six years.

In Bethlehem, snow was up to 70cm deep and schools were closed due to the weather. There was also snow in Mpumalanga and Limpopo while light snow fell in the North West.

The weather office said the cold would continue for another day or two.

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  • nare.ledwaba - 2012-08-08 09:18

    where in LIMPOPO???????

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-08 09:27

      Most likely somewhere in the Origstad area or probably Wolkberg near Tzaneen.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-08 09:35

      On top of something.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-08 09:51

      Malema took it to the Olympics with him to keep his booze cold.

      roelofk - 2012-08-08 10:51

      Big deal.... there has only been 9 provinces for a short while.... There were more than a few times when it snowed in ALL 4 provinces, back when there was only 4.

      marni.van.emmenis - 2012-08-08 10:56

      @annman, don't know about Orighstad, but the Wolkberg didn't see any snow - I live in Haenertsburg, and although it was freezing yesterday and today, we are yet to throw snow balls. Probably just outside of the Gauteng border...

  • july.radebe - 2012-08-08 09:18

    Did Limpopo receive snow two

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 09:57

      Bwaaaahahahaha Matt

      lucky.ubisi.1 - 2012-08-08 10:30

      No just toooooooooooooooooooo cooooooooold!

      sash.adelante.3 - 2012-08-08 10:56

      it received snow "4" free

      prakash.singh.169 - 2012-08-08 16:43


  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-08 09:20

    A sneeze. A sniff. Something to be ignored. Accelerated consumption is still celebrated and encouraged, and humans breed at an ever increasing rate. That is the nature of our economy and our will to survive. But these are the very things that will lead to our demise.

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-08 09:21

    It's really sad hey. Our Government did it again. Just like textbooks, snow was not delivered in Limpopo

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-08-08 09:39

      surprising thought they would send snow to hide the text books

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-08 09:54

      Didn't someone yesterday comment that the cANcer was going to set up a task team to investigate why snow is white?

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-08-08 09:22

    I love global warming.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-08-08 09:46

      Bellville is not to bad but its chilli..

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-08 10:34

      bwagagagagaga lokl curriemafia that's a good one

  • jamesyboi78 - 2012-08-08 09:23

    summer where are you? we miss you!!!

  • robin.harriram - 2012-08-08 09:26

    @walter. lebeza. Wait for summer bru. global warming causes winters to be colder and summers hotter

  • Marius Koen - 2012-08-08 09:33

    Lets move xmas to right now!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-08-08 09:47

      Father Christmas will refuse.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-08 09:56

      Yo Poloydonkey. The extreme weather obviously did not stop you trolling around ja??

  • erika.tolken - 2012-08-08 09:36

    Really amazing for South Africa. Some great pics.

  • ntando.zangqa - 2012-08-08 09:37

    ''This country is turning white again! Why is this snw white? Bloody agents! Racists!'' lmao...blame apartheid. Hahaha.

      lucky.ubisi.1 - 2012-08-08 10:32


  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-08-08 09:46

    On paper yes but what about before when we had less than a handfall of provinces?

  • hendri.schoeman - 2012-08-08 09:50

    Pitty we've only had 9 provinces for about 18 years. Otherwise it probably would've happened before as well. Just a thought...

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-08 09:54

    Where in Durban???

      Michael - 2012-08-08 10:00

      Durban is not a province,dingbat.

      jowza1 - 2012-08-08 10:01

      point road

      papy.ilunga.5 - 2012-08-08 10:20

      russel street

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-08 10:36

      Isn't russel street the same street where DUT students sell their cookies at?

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-08 14:07

      LMAO I would know that, I just asked the stupid question, dingbat!!!! Sometimes see the joke behind the comment, before hurling insults.

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-08 14:07

      I thought the market

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 09:59

    AAAARG!!! Do I have to move to London now in order to get some sun? Lol!

      riana.vaneeden.1 - 2012-08-08 12:59

      Speak for yourself mister! Here in Poloks it's sunshine, wind and dustclouds :-P

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-08 10:01

    not all provinces, Not in Limpopo. i think the government failed to deliver snow like they did with the textbooks. ha ha!

  • yandiswa.nofumba - 2012-08-08 10:02

    enough 4 the cold weather

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-08-08 10:08

    Brand new snow was found dumped near a river in Giyani.

  • tshiamo.stevens - 2012-08-08 10:08

    Julius Malema: "Why is snow white?It must be racist!!"

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-08 10:11

    Just for laughs: BBC NEWS, due to all the heavy snowfall in south africa the ANC is declaring a state of emergency! The country is turning white again

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-08-08 10:12

    WoW even in LiMpoMpo ....Malema wud prefer black snoW....

      allan.fitzgerald.1 - 2012-08-08 14:03

      then throw the contents of a bottle of photocopy toner at the fool....

  • makgoana.mamabolo - 2012-08-08 10:22

    What an awesome wonder, just a thought humans landed curiosity on mars alliens misfired the icy white flakes

  • zukile.pikoli - 2012-08-08 11:40

    the world is really coming to an end, P.E is currently flooding but some how short on water(ironic)

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-08 11:42

    Nature showed us again. Impossible is nothing.

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-08 18:31

    Happened in 2012 as well...the end is nigh! lmao

  • bruce.wells.963 - 2012-08-09 01:40

    I remember the snow in the late 60ties in Pretoria. I was sitting in class and we were writing exams and watched the snow fall down, but melting as it hit the ground. As we were writing exams it must have been the end of June.

  • rosa.demelo - 2012-08-09 06:44

    let it snow

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-09 07:45

    How long have there been 9 provinces

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