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Cape braces for 'intense' cold front

The S.A. Weather Service has predicted heavy downpours, low temperatures and gale force winds.

The S.A. Weather Service has predicted heavy downpours, low temperatures and gale force winds.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management has urged Capetonians to exercise extreme caution during adverse weather conditions expected this week.

The South African weather service has predicted what's been termed one of the most intense cold fronts of the winter season to hit the Cape Metropole on Tuesday night, bringing heavy showers, very low temperatures and gale force winds.

Disaster Risk Management's Charlotte Powell says although they are on high alert the public should adhere to basic safety tips.

"Motorists should slow down and maintain a safe following distance on the roadways; also members of the public should stay away from areas such as the Sea Point promenade, Atlantic seaboard to avoid the risk of tidal backwash."

Powell says flooding and service disruptions should be reported as soon as possible on the 107 emergency number from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone.

The Haven night shelter meanwhile says it will have some space available for homeless people seeking respite from the elements.

"Even with the cold front, we didn't expect a rush of people coming into the shelters necessarily. Our winter programme typically, in the second week of August, starts scaling down. At that point the Haven starts packing away mattresses and so on, so we do have spare capacity for whoever wishes to come into the Haven."

During the last wet spell in Cape Town, an estimated thirty six thousand people were affected.

A Khayelitsha community leader says some areas are still waterlogged from the previous heavy downpours.

He says residents have had enough of poor service delivery and are planning protest action soon to call on senior officials to step down.

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