SA hit by severe weather conditions

Snow in Matroosberg, near Ceres in the Western Cape on 14 July 2012. Picture: Niel Swart/iWitness
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town confirmed on Saturday that about 900 households have been affected by severe weather which has caused flooding in low lying areas across the Cape Peninsula.

Heavy rainfall and gale force winds have been experienced since Friday night.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons Johannes said they were assisting affected residents in Philippi Valley, Nyanga and Rasta Camp.

“Roofs have been blown off in Philippi and elsewhere, the city’s housing department has accommodated these people with emergency shelter and will make necessary emergency repairs to the dwellings.”

In KwaZulu- Natal, raging fire has destroyed about 20 homes and powerlines.

The Provincial Co-operative Governance Department said a heavy wind storm is fueling the blaze on the North Coast.

Officials have urged municipalities and locals to be on standby as the fire could still spread to other areas.

It said disaster management teams have been dispatched to mitigate the risk.

Windy conditions persist in Gauteng as a cold front makes its way across the rest of South Africa.

Unexpected snowfall hit parts of Gauteng earlier in the week.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)