Power restored to most of West Rand

Some areas in Johannesburg continue to experience power outages from the cold weather.

Snow falls in Rosebank. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Electricity has been restored to around 70 percent of areas affected by a power outage on Gauteng's West Rand.

Both Roodepoort and Krugersdorp were left without power on Tuesday as snow continued to fall across the province.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said, "We normally have a 24-hour service, but when the weather is not good, we run according to the resources we have. We have more technicians on standby than usual."

Meanwhile, Eskom called on South Africans to switch off non-essential appliances to decrease demand on the power grid.

The power utility's Hillary Joffe said they were on alert to avoid major disruptions.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service said people should expect snow to continue falling on Tuesday evening.

Forecaster Venetia Phakula said, "We expect it [snow] to continue throughout the night and it might even get heavy."

Border posts between South Africa and Lesotho were closed due to heavy snowfalls, while Van Reenen's Pass in KwaZulu-Natal was closed to traffic.


People across the country could not contain their excitement at the sight of snow.

Some said they had never seen snow before and took pictures to post on social networking sites.

In some areas, locals were able to build snowmen but in other regions, the snow melted as soon as it landed.

"This is my first time seeing the snow. I am so happy," one Rosebank said.