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Saturday, July 13, 2024

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The Western Cape Education Department says schools have opened for the third quarter, amid adverse weather conditions. Over the past few days, the severe weather conditions have led to damage at 29 schools. Children had to brave the cold, wet and windy conditions to return to classrooms today.

Schools have opened for the third quarter, amid adverse weather conditions

Meanwhile, workers from the City’s Urban Mobility Directorate, are working to clear blocked drains, while heavy rain and strong winds pummel parts of the province.
MMC Rob Quintas yesterday visited Khayelitsha and Cravenby to assess storm damage. Flooding has occurred in dozens of informal settlements.

Fresh flooding has been reported

Amid the heavy downpours, the City says its Disaster Management officials, alongside volunteers, are on hand, to assist in communities, where needed.
A second cold front is making landfall today.
Snow in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in Franschhoek. PHOTO: Stu Summerfield, Trailheads – registered mountain guide.
Spokesperson Sonica Laegan said this morning, that fresh flooding has been reported in Khayelitsha, Joe Slovo Park in Milnerton, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Nomzamo in Strand, Mfuleni, Driftsands, Masiphumelele, Du Noon and Gugulethu.
At the same time, the South African Weather Service has issued more weather warnings for today and tomorrow.

A second cold front is making landfall today

Among them, is a Yellow Level 4 warning for disruptive rain leading to damage of roads and bridges over the West Coast, northern Cape Winelands and the western Overberg.
An Orange level 6 warning is in place for disruptive rain leading to flooding and possible mudslides over the City of Cape Town, as well as the Drakenstein and Stellenbosch municipalities.

More heavy rain, over the next couple of hours

A second cold front is making landfall today. It will bring more heavy rain, over the next couple of hours.
More heavy rain, over the next couple of hours
Snow in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in Franschhoek. PHOTO: Stu Summerfield, Trailheads – registered mountain guide.
Damage to infrastructure is still being assessed. It’s not clear yet, how many people have been affected.
Widespread disruptions and damage
The City, Overberg, Cape Winelands and West Coast areas have been hardest hit. The Provincial Government is working with the City and the National Human Settlements Department to address the immediate needs of people who have lost their homes.
At the same time, authorities have reiterated calls to residents and motorists to proceed with caution.
Flooding, fallen trees, electricity outages and road closures
Meanwhile, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha has appealed to the public to adopt dogs, as the inclement weather is not ideal for these pets. Traffic in the Eastern Cape has closed the R-58 Barkly Pass between Barkly East and Elliot. Thick snow has piled up on the road. Overnight, temperatures plummeted to below zero.
Merentia Van Der Vent
Merentia Van Der Vent
Merentia joined the media world in 1996 and in 2001, she took her first steps in the broadcasting world. In her free time, she likes to go on adventures in the city. She also likes to learn new dances, not that she is any good at that.

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