CPT braces for another cold front

The Weather Service says another cold front is expected on Saturday.

Flooded shacks in Khayelitsha, Cape Town after heavy rains. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department has urged farmers to take the necessary precautions in the current cold and wet weather.

The Cape has been lashed by inclement weather, characterised by heavy rains, strong winds, snow and hail, since the weekend.

The South African Weather Service says another cold front is expected on Saturday.

Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg says farmers should put their livestock in sheds if they encounter cold conditions.

Cape Town disaster officials say more than 20,000 people across the Peninsula have been affected by inclement weather.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the weather spells disaster especially for the poor.

"Homeless people are in the worst position, but shelters and thermo bags are there for them. We must do all we can to protect everybody."

Meanwhile, traffic officials said at least two people have died and 30 accidents have been reported on the roads since Friday.

On Monday, the City of Cape Town said around 9,000 shacks were flooded due to persistent rains. Homes were also damaged by fierce winds and hail.

The Haven Night Shelter appealed to the homeless to seek refuge at its facilities.

The Haven's CEO Hassan Khan said although there was a nightly fee they didn't turn anyone away.

"The shelter assists people and charges R10 a day. If they don't have money we them work such as peeling potatoes."

Anyone willing to assist victims can call the Disaster Risk Management Centre on 080 911 4357.