Snowmen rule in Harrismith

2011-07-26 11:18

Harrismith - Frosty the Snowman made several appearances at Harrismith's town centre on Tuesday, as families gathered to create a South African version of the "jolly happy soul".

Resembling scenes from an American Christmas movie, many children began rolling up huge snowballs to create snowmen.

But instead of the "corn cob pipe, a button nose, and two eyes made of coal", these frosties wore South African Springbok scarves and beanies.

"There's no work today, we don't have power, so we are out here to play with the kids," resident Suzette Brits said.

Their big-bellied snowman wore two horns on its head, symbolising the Blue Bulls rugby team they supported.

"It took us 20 minutes to make this snowman," she said.

Youngsters were spotted throwing snowballs at each other. Another set of town dwellers were trying to make an igloo.

"Snowmen are just so overrated," one of them said.

Travellers stranded

The tiny Free State town was under a blanket of snow after heavy falls overnight. The unusual weather caused the closure of a long stretch of the N3 highway, between Van Reenen's Pass and Villiers. This left many travellers moving between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on Monday having to seek accommodation in Harrismith, a halfway spot, overnight.

Petrol stations and stores were running on generators as the town was also hit by an electricity cut. "Nobody must even think of venturing out on the roads," said Dries van Niekerk, owner of Dries Auto. "Today is a day to stay indoors and drink Gluhwein."

He said this was the worst snow storm since 1992. Van Niekerk at the time was in the town council's emergency services.

"We had cowboys, out of towners, who decided to drive down the road into the valley during that snow storm. And the next thing we received a few hours later, was an emergency call to say they were dying."

He said emergency services with the help of the army were then tasked with the rescue.

"You can lose yourself in weather like this. We recorded three centimetres of snow last night."

Snow draped surrounding mountains in white, while cattle were seen grazing in a nearby field by a frozen lake. Truckers and other motorists were lined up just before the N3 offramp.

"We are stuck here," one motorist shouted. "I have to get to the highway."

  • Seanred - 2011-07-26 11:29

    Have Fun.

  • lenand40 - 2011-07-26 11:30

    No, you do not have to get to the highway, idiot!!!

      Whatevs - 2011-07-26 12:14

      Don't be an old fart!!!!

      Rudi Kay - 2011-07-26 13:19

      Idiot! Seanred was referring to the people and kids playing in the snow. Man - some people are small minded. Looking for trouble everywhere! Go back to sleep.

      Blogmaster - 2011-07-26 17:14

      @ Rudi Kay -You are the Idiot. lenand40 posted a new comment,he did not reply on Seanred's comment

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-27 11:47

      @ lenand40 - have a prozac and calm down dude. Maybe try get to the highway...

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-26 11:37

    I can see Juju opening up a Frosty trust fund to build a 16 million rand Snowman.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:11

      No, Juju is probably cursing the invasion of white snowmen in Harrismith

      Flee - 2011-07-26 12:33

      Ah Ah Ahh.. They are Raicisttss... these white snoman bloody ageents.. WWaahahahaha

  • VargVikernes - 2011-07-26 11:51

    Maybe we can move on from snow. Every bloody headline is the snow. Small things amuse small minds, but isnt there more newsworthy stories we can follow now. Everybody knows it snowed. Bloody hell, now retards building snowmen are headlining.

      jowza - 2011-07-26 11:55

      How about we talk about your photo instead.i havent seen an uglier person than that in my life

      Nintendo - 2011-07-26 11:56

      your wanna hear about Malema maybe? he has a trust fund... hows that?

      Peets - 2011-07-26 11:59

      It's nice to have something lighthearted in the news every now and then and the only retard here is you.

      Charls1234 - 2011-07-26 12:06

      Its so uncommon to have this type of weather in SA so of course it will make headlines. I dont think they are retards for building snowmen. I'd love for my children to experience that. Jeepers, who wouldnt?

      Whatevs - 2011-07-26 12:11

      We love the snow......... If you see the headline is about snow than don't read it. If it should snow in Gauteng, I am going leave work immediately, fetch my kids from school and PLAY IN THE snow. Whooppee.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:12

      @ VargVikernes - it's a nice change from Julius Malema, ANC corruption, Israel and homosexual marriage, which seems to be News24's staple

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-26 12:15


      Shazred - 2011-07-26 12:15

      @VargVikernes. Are you afraid to have a little fun, and aaaah shame.. Are you so uptight that if anyone else has a little fun and laughter then you will bitch and moan until you ruin it for all around you... Maybe your mommy or daddy should have hugged you a little more when you were little.... Well seen as you are soooo deprived of a sense of humour, I send you a warm fuzzy hug.... :)

      Felix - 2011-07-26 12:27

      I saw a mud crab just the other day.

      Flee - 2011-07-26 12:34

      ROTFLMAO... Felix I just peed myself...

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:35

      @ Felix - I once saw a crab in Stellenbosch - at that stage it was my 2nd visit to SA before moving here - I was stunned! I thought you only get crabs by the beach! Evidently not...

      Normaldude - 2011-07-26 12:49

      You are the retard Hilly Billy - Why dont you just go and play in the traffic

      grimbie1 - 2011-07-26 14:44

      Varg.. small things amuse small minds.. Einstein was amused by the atom..

      Jakes - 2011-07-26 15:12

      "Small things amuse small minds" Is that why you are on here?

      50something - 2011-07-26 15:16

      VargVikernes - get a life bro - this is not the Antartic where it snows every day, you are too serious man, chill a bit.

      onthefence - 2011-07-26 16:25

      I second the motion on your photo.....the 70's and 80's are over and they no longer make the Ford big with it, cut your hair and shave....Camel man wannabe

  • agneeman - 2011-07-26 11:58

    So where is the picture of the snowman wearing Springbok scarf, beanie and Blou Bul horings?

      InternetMan - 2011-07-26 12:10

      They just made that up. Damn media trying to control our minds again. Lol

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-26 12:19

      ...was attacked by a giant kangaroo...

      Whatevs - 2011-07-26 12:23

      VargVikernes probably smashed it with a Heaven forbid somebody has some fun. Arghh

      onthefence - 2011-07-26 16:27

      They had to take it was getting f_cked from behind by a kangasnowroo....much the same as the players last week

      Red Lion - 2011-07-26 17:35

      The Anc/prick league and their idiot followers destroyed it because they thought its too white and porbably apartheid!

  • Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:13

    Snowmen with Blue Bull horns... eish so even the FS has Bulls fans, sigh...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-26 12:33

      ya, the only difference is that they have snowballs..

      grimbie1 - 2011-07-26 14:45

      yeah the snowball affect.

  • Fanie Joubert - 2011-07-26 12:19

    According to affirmative action in SA the snoe is supposed to be black

      jowza - 2011-07-26 12:28

      with open toilets?

      Felix - 2011-07-26 12:29

      Imperialistic clouds! We must investigate this...

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:36

      It'll go black once cars have been on the road... turns to sleet

      Pupuzela - 2011-07-26 15:02

      All snowmen are criminals. They stole the ice from the clouds.

      Pupuzela - 2011-07-26 15:06

      Dubulu i-snowmen!

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-26 12:32

    Wish I was there. This will hit Juju hard coz free state gone white.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:36

      What do you mean "gone" white :-)

      Whatevs - 2011-07-26 12:49

      FS has always being white.

  • Emelia - 2011-07-26 12:49

    More pics of the snow please and more news. Brings back memories of when we lived there. A white wonderland. Stay at home guys. If you get stranded you create a nightmare for the rescue teams and endanger your life as well as theirs.

  • jowza - 2011-07-26 13:05

    damn roads are was a good day to visit those thai ladies that took pics with the rinos.i want to give them a piece of my ...erm...mind

  • N1 Production House - 2011-07-26 13:19

    So want to be there!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-26 14:51

      ...sorry, the road is closed...

  • ANNON - 2011-07-26 14:04

    Go to photo gallery dudes.Simple as that.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-27 08:46

    I thought global warming was suppose to make thing hotter

  • webwitchy - 2011-07-27 09:33

    Thanx to all the SAPS, emergency, municipal, eskom, mtn personnel and so many more people who helped with organizing, rescuing people and animals, and fixing downed electricity lines in the ice cold snow and ice rain on 26 July 2011 in and around Harrismith. We appreciate it from the bottom our heart. Elize Swart

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