Johannesburg marvels at rare snowfall

2012-08-07 14:17

Johannesburg - Snow flurries blew through Johannesburg on Tuesday, dusting the city in white as residents poured into the streets to watch the snowflakes fall.

"It's amazing, Merry Christmas!" said Roger Gibbs, driving through a leafy suburb where the trees were frosted in white.

Snow falls annually in the mountains of South Africa and Lesotho, which even hosts a ski resort, but the high plains around Johannesburg haven't seen snow in five years.

The snowfall swept north across Johannesburg, coating southern neighbourhoods in the early morning and then moving toward the Sandton and Pretoria.

"Amazing! Never happened in my life," said Mizundile Eseu, 23, a security guard.

Authorities urged motorists to take care on the roads, with few drivers used to travelling on snowy streets, but no accidents had been reported by midday.

  • freddie.miff - 2012-08-07 14:22

    Quite big snowfalls in Norwood with snow on the ground and light falls around Fourways. So cool.

      JaredVN - 2012-08-07 14:34

      Now we're REALLY seeing the impact of "global warming" LOL!

      jowza1 - 2012-08-07 14:37

      shame.poor parktown prawns

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-07 14:46

      He he JaredVN - I was waiting for some wag to declare (in all seriousness) that this is another demonstration of the dreaded (AGW) 'global warming'!

      JaredVN - 2012-08-07 14:56

      So, Clinton, help me here: If it is unusually hot, it's definitely global warming. If it's unusually cold, and it snows in Pretoria in the first time in probably 50 years, that's global warming as well? OK - who are we to argue with the Climategate fraudsters anyway? It's not as if they'd falsify data...oh, wait...

      freddie.miff - 2012-08-07 15:07

      Actually JaredVn, yes it can be blamed on global warming. The effect is not only warmer temperature, but bigger swings in temperatures and more unusual weather events, such as snow in Ptown. It results in bigger swings in weather conditions.

      George - 2012-08-07 15:22

      @JaredVN, then I like global warming

      mukosit - 2012-08-07 15:35

      I wish it's stays like this forever. I'm tired of seeing people walking around the streets almost naked.

  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-07 14:26

    that is really amazing, i wish i could be there to witness!!!

  • shengeboy - 2012-08-07 14:27

    & there i was thinking its pap

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-07 14:47


  • dianne.neyt - 2012-08-07 14:32

    Amazing. It has started snowing again and I'm enjoying watching it fall outside my office window in Johannesburg. So clean and white and pure. Very relaxing to watch.

  • saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-07 14:34

    The ANC is going to declare a state of Emergency, the country is turning White again!!

      ashwin.leckram - 2012-08-07 14:43

      its the fault of apartheid

      marc.navias - 2012-08-07 14:44

      Hahahaha, Brilliant!

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-08-07 14:44

      About time boet!!

      henri.lombard - 2012-08-07 14:44

      HA HA HA CLASSIC !!!!!!

      JaredVN - 2012-08-07 14:47

      Parliament: Jimmy Manyi has launched a stinging attack on the racist snow covering much of South Africa. He said that white was over-represented in South Africa, and called for speedier transformation of the Weather Bureau to ensure that the precipitation in SA reflects the national demography. Manyi said that he personally prefers black frost...

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-07 14:47


      JaredVN - 2012-08-07 14:52

      Meanwhile, in KZN, the same MEC who called for an investigation into the "causes of lightning" a while ago, has called on the CSIR to investigate why snow was white. She said that she suspects the ghost of Hendrik Verwoerd was to blame, seeing how he is sabotaging the delivery of text books in Limpopo as well.

      Erna - 2012-08-07 14:58

      Tx for laugh on cold day!

      conni.tyabule - 2012-08-08 00:55

      Ah this weather! If only it happened during christmas as well! But alas, winter is long over in SA by then! For me, this is a sign that a God exists!..... Cold but lovely\r\n\r\nWhere's Juju?? He would have a field day!\r\nYou bloody agents! What is the meaning of this white thing outside?? Eh? Go out! Get out! Remove this (snow) rubbish!

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-07 14:38

    Snow in Soweto,its like the world is coming to an end sho its unbelievable,

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-07 15:02

      Maby Sa Baby But not the World.... Sorry :/

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-07 15:28

      eish - even Soweto s turning white. Damn this apartheid snow!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-07 14:47

    mmmm .....Wonder if the snow will cover all the text books dumped around

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-07 14:47

    its this bloody govt of thieves and corruption

  • cape.maori - 2012-08-07 14:49

    Just do not steal the snow up there!

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-07 15:00

    Hey Zoomers!!! Its A Sign From The GODS!!

  • Donne.3 - 2012-08-07 15:02

    It came down nicely in Rosebank

      Martha1234 - 2012-08-07 15:49

  • paul.davids.923 - 2012-08-07 15:04

    kids ran outside thinking it was PAP

  • claire.sternberg.9 - 2012-08-07 15:09

    I'm happy to having snow in South Africa. No matter what if it global warming. Who cares!!!

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 15:12

    It must be the weather! Thanks for the laughs and pics. Enjoy the moment.

  • hendrick.mokwale - 2012-08-07 15:13

    Roger Gibbs is pathetic,hw cn one call this ridiculous weather Amazing?huh!

  • flyswat - 2012-08-07 15:18

    And I'm still left wondering whatever happened to that global warming they keep promising when average annual temperatures just keep falling and falling. The Day After Tomorrow...

      richard.burmeister.12 - 2012-08-08 14:07

      Check out for a big surprise: the next ice age is around the corner! They lied. All they wanted was our money in carbon taxes!

  • George - 2012-08-07 15:22

    @JaredVN, then I like global warming

  • tednhet - 2012-08-07 15:24

    Bloody freezing

  • Tefo Buccaneer Mokoena - 2012-08-07 15:26

    nice work ANC Now u bring snow for a better life for all

      mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-07 15:41

      you can buy anything when you have

  • Gavin - 2012-08-07 15:32

    happy dandruff day everybody !!

  • helesti - 2012-08-07 15:37

    We even had some light snow at Sun City!

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-07 15:39

    they say no snow has fallen in Limpopo, guess it wasnt "delivered" by the weather man to the kids there to experience.

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-08-07 15:41

    Ka titimela Joni

  • - 2012-08-07 15:43

    It feels like m in England, wow it can also happen in Africa, soon we will all be whites and so no mo racism

  • Michael - 2012-08-07 22:27

    Snow? Pffft.

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