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SA hit by cold front ahead of spring

An intense cold front has lashed the Cape Peninsula and is set to hit most parts of SA by tonight.

FILE: An intense cold front has lashed the Cape Peninsula and is set to hit most parts of the country by tonight. Picture: Picture: iWN/Stephen Phillipson.

CAPE TOWN - An intense cold front has lashed the Cape Peninsula and is set to hit most parts of the country by tonight keeping emergency teams on high alert.

In Cape Town, the Risk Management Unit says it hasn't received any reports of flooding or other weather-related problems.

Local government MEC Anton Bredell says emergency measures have been put in place especially in informal settlements.

"We've got our social partners on standby to see to it that if people need extra blankets or food that we be prepared, the municipalities look at their storm water, if it's clean to try and keep it clean.

Low temperatures and windy conditions are expected in most parts of the country from tonight as the cold front moves north.

Forecaster Elizabeth Webster says temperatures will begin dropping tonight in Gauteng.

"It's going to be nice and warm in Gauteng this morning, but later today we're expecting the cold front to move through, that's where we will see temperatures drop. From Friday morning the temperatures are going to be quite cold."

With temperatures expected to plummet to single digits, the Gauteng Housing Department says it will provide relief to around 200 families who are now homeless after they were evicted in Joubert Park this week.

The department says a court order was obtained allowing the sheriff to evict illegal tenants from a block of flats.

MEC Jacob Mamabolo says residents were warned two weeks ago to make alternative arrangements.

"There are armed gangs, some political parties and groupings that mislead communities, they will devest the court orders, collect money from these people under false pretenses and when the order is being evicted at this point people become desperate."

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