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[ALERT] Storm warning prompts WC schools shutdown

Heavy rain and gale force wind is forecast for the next 24 hours.

Classroom. Picture: Pixabay.

CAPE TOWN - In light of the coming storm, all public schools in the Western Cape will be closed on Wednesday by order of the provincial education department.

Heavy rain and gale force wind is forecast for the next 24 hours.

There's also a chance of snowfall.

Disaster management teams and members of the South African Air Force have been placed on standby.

Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the unprecedented decision has been taken in the interest of learner and educator safety.

"After extensive consultation with all role players and at the recommendation of the provincial disaster risk management and South African Weather Service, our HOD has taken the unprecedented decision to close all schools in the Western Cape on Wednesday. All learner transport will also be suspended."