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Rain, snow causes road closures

Both the Eastern and Western Cape have been affected by extreme weather.

Heavy rain. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Eden District Municipality in the Southern Cape on Saturday appealed to motorists not to speed on the roads.

This as heavy downpours and snow continues to affect the area throughout the weekend.

Officials said the Swartberg Pass between Oudsthoorn and Prince Albert remains closed to traffic as a result.

Disaster Risk Management's Gerard Otto said, "We are warning motorists to be cautious when they use the roads in the area."

He called on the public to use 4X4 vehicles if they want to go see the snow.

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape traffic authorities have warned motorists that mountain passes on both the N6 and N9 have been closed due to heavy snowfall.

The Penhoek Pass between Queenstown and Jamestown will be closed indefinitely.

Snow is also blocking a section of the Lootsberg Pass on the N9 between Middelburg and Graaff-Reinet.

The Southern Cape has been particularly hit by the extreme weather being experienced in many parts of South Africa.