Much of SA covered in blanket of snow

2012-08-07 08:39

Johannesburg - Users across South Africa have taken to social networks with reports of snow as the latest cold front sinks its teeth into the country.

Tweets from Gauteng on Tuesday morning reported snow falling in Vereeniging, Carltonville and other areas in the Vaal region.

Mountains in the Western Cape were covered in snow on Monday and temperatures were extremely low across the country.

There had also been reports of snowfalls in Bethlehem and Clarens in the Free State and light snow had fallen on Van Reenen's Pass.

Parts of the Western and Eastern Cape experienced snowfall and heavy falls were expected along the south-eastern coast.

Beeld reported that very cold and windy conditions would continue across the country on Tuesday, including southern parts of Gauteng and the North West.

Temperatures in Gauteng dropped to below freezing on Tuesday morning.

More snow was forecast for the Free State, the Northern Cape and higher-lying regions in the Western and Eastern Cape, as well as in western KwaZulu-Natal.

Heavy rain was expected in the Western and Southern Cape and parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Vermeulen said there would be a brief reprieve from the freezing conditions from Wednesday.

However, on Friday another cold front would hit the country from the south west bringing a fresh wave of icy weather.

- Are you out in the cold weather? Send us your eyewitness photos and stories.

  • wvongruning - 2012-08-07 08:45

    Would love to leave the city and go look at some snow in Ceres. Does anybody know if they have snow there today in the lower lying regions?

      andres.dewet - 2012-08-07 08:46

      Nope: Not on the ground anymore, but if you have a 4X4, you can get up to the snow at Matroosberg Nat. Reserve. More heavy snow predicted for this weekend. Lovely to see the SA landscape looking so interesting with the blanket of the rare white stuff.

      Jaco Nel - 2012-08-07 09:14

      I'm heading out there today

      leandt - 2012-08-07 10:16

      Also try the Koo-area between the N1 and Montagu - LOTS of snow! Totally covered in a white blanket!

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-07 12:55

      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!

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-07 13:03

      Lol. Preshan.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-07 09:02

    I really hope this is the last cold snap, getting tired of wearing every jersey I own every day. I work up so much static electricity I could power Gauteng for like ten minutes...

      Revelgen - 2012-08-07 09:25

      To stop the shocks, first put your hand on the wall before touching a door handle. It drains away the static.

      kritzinger - 2012-08-07 11:27

      Avoid the above tip if you have a pacemaker. That could ruin your day even more than the weather.

      wcslater - 2012-08-07 13:38

      I don't have that problem, I have a magnetic personality.

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-07 09:03

    can it snow in PTA as well please...!

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-08-07 09:16

      too many government departments blowing hot air for it to ever snow

      Fanie Gerber - 2013-08-13 07:33

      We had a decent fall here ~5cm in south eastern PTA last year. Menlyn and Rigel off ramp area had a light fall as swell.

  • Angie - 2012-08-07 09:06

    If it's going to be this cold, it may as well snow - will be more fun than just shivering!

      angie.masilela - 2012-08-07 10:27

      True that especaly in PTA

  • tuzka - 2012-08-07 09:10

    Awwww that's super awsome, makes me green with envy! will always snow everywhere except in Kriel

      olivia.kgatla - 2012-08-07 13:16

      Where is Kriel. If it snow anywhere in Limpopo then I will know for sure that the Mayan prediction about 2012 is true

  • Jaco Nel - 2012-08-07 09:15

    I'm heading out there today

  • thomasrobyne.wolstenholme - 2012-08-07 09:15

    It's snowing full on in Henley on Klip! Stunning!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-07 13:03

      Where is that?

  • trevor.sivhaga - 2012-08-07 09:19

    Do the rules of so called ''mighty global warming'' allow this? Pls share the knowledge or rewrite the textbooks

      Gavin - 2012-08-07 10:39

      thanks for curing my insomnia...

      jacowium - 2012-08-07 11:13

      Thank you, seymour and MemeMan, thank you. When will these lunkheads who have no idea (yet always mentioning it) about any natural or scientific concepts, ever disappear?

      trevor.sivhaga - 2012-08-07 11:31

      Thanks for the knowledge all... despite all the negatives, at least we seeing something that some of us always dreamt of.

  • bheko.sokhela - 2012-08-07 09:25

    End of the world is near_Global warming #just Sayin#

      judy.judge.73 - 2012-08-07 11:10

      No, more like the end of the human as a species. We deserve it. The Earth will get rid of us, we need Earth, but the Earth does not need us cretins.

  • colin.clarke.908 - 2012-08-07 09:34

    If global warming gets any worse we will freeze to death:)

      alice.pretorius - 2012-08-07 12:57

      Moerse sense of humour - love it

  • seabata.mokoena - 2012-08-07 09:36

    Cars are unable to move in the Eastern Free State, bethlehem and Clarens in particular

      john.mcguinness.9465 - 2012-08-07 10:21

      more fuel shortages....

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-08-07 09:41

    would love to take a sickie and get into the car.....head for the hills with the grandchildren, build a snowman

      lovenotfear - 2012-08-07 09:50

      Just do it Lynda! Life's too short for "one day"... Will you lie on your deathbed one day and think: "Geez i should've gone to work that day in 2012" or will you think: "Wow that day in the snow with the grandkids was amazing!".??? I feel a cough coming on........ :)

      dianne.neyt - 2012-08-07 12:59 and your grandchildren must lay in the snow and make snow angels. It's awesome for the kids. So be a devil and take that sickie and enjoy ! :o)

  • kim.short.169 - 2012-08-07 09:59

    Any snow on the ground in Harrismith

  • ricky.gonsalves.14 - 2012-08-07 10:01

    I hear about it.... I feel it.... but I don't see it!!!!!!!!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-07 10:01

    Oh no....what are the racists going to say now....WAY TO WHITE...hahaha

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-07 11:02

      Can see the curry effecting sense of humour

      jowza1 - 2012-08-07 11:07

      lousy sense of humour

      sizwe.nyembe - 2012-08-07 11:56

      Yes, it's way too white but Steve Biko said there are no white people! PINK! LoL... It's not me, it's Steve Biko.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-07 10:25

    Just watch, the DA will blame the snow on the ANC! Hahahahahahahah!

      Gavin - 2012-08-07 10:37

      snow way that will happen dude.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-08-07 12:03

      Hahahahahah! How about sense of humour Rikesh!

      dane.jenkinson - 2012-08-07 12:35

      I cant believe it, the country is turning white again, the ANC will probably declare a state of emergency! ;)

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-07 11:01


  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-07 11:21

    It's like walking through a dream...

  • mandy.herran.7 - 2012-08-07 11:21

    We're having bits of snowfall here in Germiston and Boksburg!! Everyone's running outside coz we're not used to it!!!! .... LoL LoL

  • juanri.vanderwalt - 2012-08-07 11:23

    It is snowing in Johannesburg. Areas- Germiston, Boksburg and Bedfordview. it is so nice to see it. Thank you Jesus for sending snow

      jacowium - 2012-08-07 20:46

      The snow actually came from the clouds, Juanri.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-07 11:55

    blessed are those who stays near Mountains,as for us the JHBs we will view the snow on the screen, pity.

      LanfearM - 2012-08-07 13:10

      Snowing now in Jozi as well Miranda! :)

  • claudine.els - 2012-08-07 12:13

    there are tiny snow drops falling in midrand at the moment...woweee

  • claudine.els - 2012-08-07 12:17

    Tiny snow flakes in midrand at the moment... wowee

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-08-07 12:29

    I would like to know if there is any snow on the road from Cape Town to Brandvlei via VanRhyns Pass??? We are going there for the long weekend and dont want to be caught up in icy snow :(

  • Angie - 2012-08-07 12:32

    A flurry of snowflakes! At last!

  • dane.jenkinson - 2012-08-07 12:34

    i cant believe it, the country is turning white again, the ANC will probably declare a state of emergency! ;)

      john.ncala - 2012-08-07 13:19

      Good one Dane LMAO

  • liesel.pelcher - 2012-08-07 13:05

    Snow fell in Centurion!! :D

  • MakaAmah - 2012-08-07 13:16

    we had a major hail storm in dbn yesterday and my kids were excited saying its snow... didnt want to bust their bubble: i joined in and celebrated with them... #badmom

  • electro.sparkle - 2012-08-07 13:34

    Any snow near cape town?

  • jbm.moate - 2012-08-07 14:10

    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!!LMFAO NTATE ZUMA

  • ashleigh.crage - 2012-08-07 14:21

    Been snowing off and on the entire day in Benoni! Brakpan is apparently blanketed!

      philip.allebone - 2012-08-07 14:48

      It is indeed - i have just been out and it was snowing: flippen cold too!

  • - 2012-08-07 14:34

    The weather must be careful, it might be sued by the Anc for being racist, seeing most of the country is white under snow

  • Anathi Ndaba - 2012-08-07 14:53

    school cancelled in the area of Maluti to Mt Fletcher due to snow

  • comurray - 2012-08-07 15:57

    Heidelberg, Gauteng is covered with a mantle of snow which is unusual for this part of the world. It is absolutely freezing cold.

  • ivaylo.karamfilov - 2012-08-07 16:14

    snow in Centurion and Pretoria , anuone remember the last time this happen here?

  • antoinette.vanrooyen.3 - 2012-08-07 16:30

    Even had snow in Centurion! A First in my lifetime!

  • michael.viljoen.144 - 2012-08-07 18:50

    Wish I was home! Instead I am in Sunny Brazil working. It always happens to me that I am away when it snows! :-(

      samantha.venter000 - 2012-08-08 10:18

      Me too Michael. :(

  • tshego.nkoana - 2012-08-08 07:07

    Juju: \Why is this snow white,it is racist!\

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