AS IT HAPPENED: #CapeStorm: More snowfalls expected in Winelands

2017-06-08 06:34

The SA Weather Service has warned that disruptive snowfalls are expected over the Cape Winelands region following severe weather conditions in the Western Cape.

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08 Jun 14:47

Storm, fires in Cape threaten outlook for SA insurers

Property and casualty insurers face an even tougher year than expected after Cape Town experienced its worst storm in 30 years and dozens of fires engulfed the region around the town of Knysna this week.

The insurers, including Santam, Old Mutual’s Mutual & Federal and Rand Merchant Investment's OUTsurance unit, are already being battered by an economy that slipped into a recession in the first quarter, the country’s credit rating downgrade to junk status, continued political turmoil and unemployment at a 14-year high.

"Profit will be under pressure," said Richard Hasson, an analyst at Electus Fund Managers in Cape Town.

"In a weak economic environment, such as low gross domestic product growth and increasing unemployment, claims typically pick up, which will not be good for them. The recent fires and storms will affect the companies."

08 Jun 14:43

City closes off Big Bay Beach until further notice

According to a statement released by The City of Cape Town, Big Bay Beach in Bloubergstrand is closed to the public until further notice.

The closure is due to a dune collapsing in the area during the inclement weather, leaving a City official injured.

The City of Cape Town has closed off public access to Big Bay Beach until the stability of the dunes has been established.

On June 8, 2017, a City official was injured when the dune he was standing on collapsed. He has been taken to hospital.

"Big Bay Beach has suffered extensive damage and erosion as a result of the stormy weather that Cape Town has experienced over the past 48 hours," the statement read.

The area has been declared is unstable and unsafe by the City of Cape Town. The public has been encouraged to adhere to the interim restrictions for safety purposes and to avoid Big Bay Beach access until further notice. 

"In the meantime, our officials are on site and are making every effort to determine the stability of the eroded shoreline at Big Bay. Members of the public should please adhere to the signage and red tape restricting access. We want to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this time," said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

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General view of a house that has been damaged (roof has collapsed). (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas).

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General view of cleaning staff cleaning up the Sea Point promenade. (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)

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General view of a tree being uprooted and in the process damaging paving. (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)

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General view of a fence that collapsed at Chukker Road in Kenilworth. (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)

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PICS: Snow in SA's western mountains as fires rage in Knysna

While fatal fires continue to rage in Knysna, the SA Weather Service warns that disruptive snowfalls are expected over the southern high ground of the Northern Cape and the mountainous region of the Cape Winelands from Thursday morning, 8 June.

Snow Report SA says "By Thursday morning, falls will be starting to become light over Western and Northern Cape areas, and might extend into areas of the Eastern Cape around Graaff-Reinet, Hogsback, Molteno and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas, as well as South-Western Lesotho.

"Light falls may continue in these areas through the day, and by evening, we are expecting all snow falls to cease."

SA Weather Service says that Thursday morning might see some light snow on the Sneeuberg through to the southern Drakensberg, across the Barkley East and Elliot area.

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Snow outside Worcester (supplied).

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Thieves steal blanket from homeless man during raging Cape storm

When rain, cold and high winds hit Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Tuesday evening, Zola Matea found that his blanket and clothes had been stolen.

Matea, 34, has lived on the streets in and around Sea Point for the past nine months.

On Tuesday night, he had to brave the storm with nothing more than a thin hoodie and jeans, while sheltering under a small awning at the Sea Point Pavilion. 

"I was helping cars to park. Someone, when I came back to sleep, had stolen my clothes and blankets," said Matea on Wednesday afternoon as the storm wreaked havoc around the province.

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Adverse weather conditions continue to affect the provision of train services in the Western Cape.

The northern service area remains most affected as no Metrorail trains may yet operate on Transnet Freight Rail lines.

As a result the service beyond Kraaifontein to outlying areas of Wellington and Malmesbury remains suspended.

On the Kraaifontein/ Wellington/Worcester line trains operate between Cape Town – Bellville.

There is no connecting service between Bellville – Wellington; customers are requested to find alternative bridging transport to connect to the bus service replacing train 3531 between Wellington – Worcester. 

The Strand service operates according to its weekday schedule with trains terminating at Firgrove and a limited bus service between Firgrove and Strand.

Golden Arrow Bus Services assist Metrorail weekly and monthly ticket holders off-peak between Firgrove and Strand.

Between Melton Rose and Eerste River a pantograph hook-up necessitated the closure of one line and bi-directional traffic operate under manual authority on remaining line.

Muldersvlei trains terminate at Stellenbosch.

Customers are requested to find alternative bridging transport between Stellenbosch and Muldersvlei.Trains are operating on the Monte Vista (Century City) line.

In the central service area trains are manually authorised between Woodstock and Cape Town, faulty points have been reported at Langa causing delays.

Southern trains are operating up to Fish Hoek; with a bus service operating between Fish Hoek and Simons Town. The Cape Flats service is operational.

Extended travelling times of 60 and more minutes will remain in force across the entire region until maintenance crews have cleared storm debris, replaced water-logged components and flooded service roads are accessible.

Customers are encouraged to listen to radio stations, public address announcements at stations, to consult Metrorail's passenger information channels and their phones if registered to receive short message alerts and to share the information with fellow commuters.

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PICS: WP cricket club suffers major storm damage

Western Province Cricket Club suffered extensive damage during Tuesday evening and Wednesday's severe storm in Cape Town.

News24 has already confirmed eight fatalities as a result of the storm.

In the wake of severe weather conditions in the Western Cape after a significant cold front, residents and officials are assessing the damage as mop up operations take place across the province.

Below are pictures of the damage caused at the Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch:

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08 Jun 07:58

#CapeStorm: Scores of displaced, homeless people to spend the night at alternative shelters 

Scores of Capetonians will spend the night in community halls and shelters following a raging storm that is expected to lash much of the Western Cape until Friday.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said 870 structures had been destroyed while more than 2 500 people had been affected by water-logged homes.

More than 100 people have been displaced and would be spending the night at community halls while more than 100 homeless people had also sought shelter at night havens.

Smith said about 100 trees were uprooted, which resulted in several blocked roads and snapped power lines. Several coastal roads were closed due to high tide. 

“About 148 homeless people have been encouraged to take shelter as the weather is expected to last throughout the night with rain also being forecast for tonight [Wednesday]. The storm is expected to carry on until 06:00 [on Thursday],” he said.

According to Disaster Management's Charlotte Powell, their NGO partners were helping by providing hot meals, blankets and clothing to assist those affected. Residents in informal settlements were being provided with flood kits, said Powell. 

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#CapeTownStorm: 22 schools damaged 

Twenty-two schools have been damaged so far by the storm battering the Western Cape, the provincial education department said on Wednesday.

Roofs were blown off and falling trees broke fences, spokesperson Jessica Shelver said in a statement.

More damages were expected and cleaning up would start on Thursday, she said. Damages could be reported to the department’s Safe Schools call centre.

Western Cape schools would reopen on Thursday, and not remain closed for the remainder of the week, contrary to rumours circulating, Shelver said. 

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Cape storm isn't a quick fix for drought, warns City of Cape Town 

The City of Cape Town has cautioned residents that despite heavy rains, there is still a need to reduce water usage.

"Water users are reminded that water is only permitted for essential use, irrespective of the rainfall that is being experienced," the city said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said water users "must continue to reduce their water usage to less than 100 litres per person per day in total, wherever they are.

"The much-anticipated cold front which has made landfall is not a quick ticket out of the drought situation. It will take at least three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference." 

Residents were also urged to, where possible, use suitable containers to capture rainwater. 

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Weather Update: Snow in western parts of SA + cold front in Gauteng welcomes winter 

After the full impact of the expected storm being experienced across the Western Cape on Wednesday 7 June - including gale force winds, storm surge, high seas, a downpour and snow - South Africans can brace themselves for an icy cold few days across the country.

With snow already in the Western and Northern Cape, and a cold front making its way to Gauteng on Thursday 8 June, South Africa has officially welcomed winter.

SA Weather Service forecaster Kate Turner says that strong winds in the Western Cape are only expected to decrease on Thursday, 8 June.

SA Weather Service spokesperson Garth Sampson says the cold front is expected to reach the Eastern Cape by the early hours of Thursday morning, 8 June. 

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WATCH: Langa resident describes what it was like last night during the storm 

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Schools to re-open

Snow is expected on mountains later on Wednesday evening, which will result in extremely cold temperatures.

"We remain concerned about the extreme cold weather moving into the province as night falls and urge the public to remain indoors and dress warmly tonight. In addition, limit travelling across the province and contact the authorities as soon as possible on the emergency number 112," Bredell said.

Bredell warned residents and businesses along the coastal areas to stay clear of the beach "as the storm impact continues tomorrow".

Access would also be prohibited to hiking trails and mountain areas.

Bredell confirmed that the provincial education department had stressed that schools would be re-opened on Thursday.

So far, 24 schools had been damaged.

"The education department is already assessing the damage and drawing up plans to address the challenges anticipated in this regard," he said. 

08 Jun 06:42

WATCH: #CapeStorm: Roofs blown off in Lavender Hill 

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