Cape Town Residents Make Best Of SA’s Coldest, Frolic In Snow

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WESTERN Cape residents made the best of the record-setting cold temperatures that have swept through the country.

A warning by the South African Weather Service (Saws) informed residents around the country to expect “bitterly cold” temperatures from Thursday into Friday.

“It will be the coldest night of the year in some places over the interior of SA tonight into tomorrow Friday morning (23 July 2021). Small-stock farmers, please be advised,” Saws said a statement on Thursday.

“The cold temperatures will be due to a succession of cold fronts that are expected to sweep across the southern half of the country. A second, more intense cold front supported by an upper-air trough will affect the Cape provinces on Wednesday through to Thursday,” it added.

On Friday afternoon, Saws said a total of 19 records were smashed over the last 24 hours, with many of the records set having to do with minimum temperatures.

In the Western Cape region, residents queued up at the Matroosberg Nature Reserve, about two hours west of Cape Town, to catch a glimpse of the snowcapped mountain peaks, according to African News Agency (ANA) photographer Ayanda Ndamane.

In the Underberg area in western KZN, temperatures dropped below zero turning it into a winter wonderland for residents and tourists, according to the bookings manager at Silver-Streams Self Accommodation and Caravan Park, Madie Botha.

Botha said in an interview with the African News Agency (ANA) on Friday that when she woke up on Friday morning, icicles had formed around parts of the facility, which is nestled in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountain range. This occurred throughout the week, Botha explained.

Following last week’s violent looting in KZN, which resulted in shops, warehouses, and fuel stations being looted and destroyed, Botha explained that tourism in the area has dramatically decreased.

“We were actually doing fine until the looting and then everything was cancelled because of the petrol shortage, food shortage, and all that. It was supposed to be a good month for us, but I think it will start to pick up again for August, hopefully,” Botha said.