PICS: Extreme SA weather over the weekend

2015-11-02 11:27

Cape Town - South Africans have experienced mixed fortunes with Mother Nature this weekend, and it doesn't look likely to stop anytime soon.

The southern half of the country is expected to experience snowfall over mountain ranges this coming week, while a heatwave is forecast for the northern provinces.

- Read more: MAP - Extreme SA weather as snow and heatwave forecast

KwaZulu-Natal, meanwhile, is still suffering from one of the worst droughts since the 1960s, affecting roughly 2.7 million households.

From a pylon crashing onto the house of a family in Cape Town, to a popular restaurant in Pretoria burning down, these are some of the images of weird weather from the weekend...


On Sunday, a family in Sunningdale, Cape Town were lucky to escape after an Eskom pylon crashed onto their house.

Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn confirmed the incident was caused by the “adverse weather”, and said that an accident on this scale was unprecedented.

The family meanwhile were on vacation in Darling for the weekend. They found their missing cat on Monday.

- Read more: Lucky escape for family after pylon crashes onto house

Pictures supplied by JP Smith and a News24 user.

In Ottery, Cape Town on Sunday, the heavy rains caused a stretch of Strandfontein Road to partially collapse, after a strong surge of water pushed over a massive concrete pillar.

"This was really unusual, this is usually just a small stream," Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman said.

- Read more: Partial road collapse as bad weather wreaks havoc in Cape Town

Picture supplied by the City of Cape Town.

In Pretoria, popular restaurant and conference venue Stone Cradle burned down. The property, which is completely thatched, caught fire on Sunday morning.

"Four people were treated on scene for smoke inhalation,” ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.

“We also saved two dogs from a neighbouring property."

The exact cause of the fire was unknown, but would be investigated. Suggestions on Twitter indicate that the heat may have been a factor.

- Read more: Popular restaurant in Centurion catches fire

Picture supplied by ER24. Drone footage supplied by Pieter Moller.

The notorious Cape Town wind did its reputation good at the Cape Town International Kite festival held in Muizenberg, as kite-flyers had to hang on to their precious kites for dear life.

- See more pictures from the festival here.

Twitter users meanwhile have mobilised at #savewater to suggest ways in which ordinary South Africans can play their part during the drought.

The extreme weather is partially due to phenomenon El Nino reaching a peak in its cycle.

El Nino is the warming of the Pacific Ocean from its normal temperatures, which often result in severe weather conditions.

"Every 2 to 7 years the Pacific Ocean warms up. We are in such an event now, and the ocean temperatures are warmer than normal," Dr Francois Engelbrecht told News24 last week.

"The event is expected to intensify further and peak in December."

- Read more: 2015 going to be the warmest year on record - SA researcher

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