FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 July 2023
Pietermaritzburg – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is warning residents, particularly in the Midlands areas, regarding an incoming snowfall expected to impact the south-western part of the province.
This weather condition may lead to icy roads, resulting in traffic disruptions and isolated loss of vulnerable livestock and crops.
The South African Weather Services have forecasted that a cold front associated with an upper trough will bring significantly low daytime temperatures over the province on Thursday and Friday. The freezing levels are dropping significantly, potentially resulting in snowfalls over parts of Harry Gwala, western uMgungundlovu, and uThukela districts.
Areas likely to be affected by the snowfall include: Alfred Duma – Ladysmith, Dr N. Dlamini-Zuma – Underberg, Greater Kokstad, Impendle – Inge, Inkosi Langalibalele – Escort, Inkosi Langalibalele – Sobabili, Mpofana – Giants Castle, Mpofana – Mooi River, Okhahlamba, uMngeni and Umzimkhulu Local Municipality.
During this period, there has been an increase in fire disasters, often resulting in tragic loss of life. We appeal to all residents, especially those in informal settlements, to prioritize safety
The use of candles, gas and paraffin stoves, izimbawula, and electric appliances must be closely monitored at all times and should never be left unattended.
Issued by KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs