More snow for KZN and E Cape

2011-08-06 14:15

Johannesburg - More snowfall is expected for KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape this weekend, the South African Weather Service said on Saturday.

"It won't be heavy but we expect snow at the Drakensburg Mountains, and in Cradock and Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape," forecaster Dipuo Tawana said.

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube on Saturday warned motorists travelling on roads affected by snow.

"We have alerted all disaster management units in district municipalities to monitor various parts of the south-western region of the province to ensure that we respond to any emergencies that might occur," she said.

"We will do all we can to protect our communities, not withstanding the fact that snowfalls are natural incidents that cannot be prevented by the human hand."

A warning of heavy snow had been issued for parts of the Western and Eastern Cape on Thursday.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes on Friday said that snowfall had resulted in temperatures dropping to below 10 degrees Celsius in the province.

Last week, snow fell heavily in the Warden, Harrismith and Van Reenen's Pass areas in KwaZulu-Natal, reaching depths in excess of one metre.

As a result, many motorists and truck drivers were left stranded along the N3 highway.