More showers expected in GP, MP and KZN

The SA Weather Service has predicted a 60% chance of rain following flash floods in GP yesterday.


JOHANNESBURG – The South African Weather Service says parts of the country can expect above normal rainfall for the rest of the week.

A 60 percent chance of rain has been predicted for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal until Saturday.

Spokesperson Mbali Maliage says the wet weather conditions along with a few dry spells can be expected throughout the midsummer season.

“This is nothing that is out of the ordinary for us. There’s a lot more rainfall coming through for Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal as well as the eastern parts of the Free State. We are expecting a 60 percent chance – and a bit of Limpopo.”

At the same time, the Johannesburg Zoo says its disaster management teams will be clearing up the debris and fallen trees after its main wall collapsed near Jan Smuts Avenue.

Yesterday, heavy rain and thundershowers across the province hit parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane causing homes, business and cars to be flooded.

The Jukskei River also burst its banks, affecting the R55 in Kyalami, while some flights out of OR Tambo International Airport were also delayed due to the severe storm.

The zoo says its animals are being keep in a safe place, and residents have been urged to call emergency services if they need their areas to be cleared up.

Spokesperson Jenni Moodley says, “We're also are dealing with issues around fallen trees in the city, and there are teams deployed to manage that issue. The most important priority in that instance is to remove the trees from harms way.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)