Gauteng emergency services on high alert amid deadly #CapeStorm

Emergency services in Gauteng are closely monitoring the impact the Western Cape storm might have on the province.

FILE: Sea foam at Llandudno beach in Cape Town - seen in June 2017 - as the province grapples with the deadly storm. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With the Western Cape storm claiming its first casualties, emergency services in Gauteng are on high alert and are closely monitoring the impact it might have on the province with temperatures expected to dip below zero.

The Weather Service says temperatures will drop to a minimum of minus three degrees in parts of Gauteng on Wednesday night.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Service’s William Ntladi says residents need to be cautious when using gas, paraffin or open fires to stay warm.

“We’re still pleading with the adults and parents to make sure that they’re on high alert and ensure that matches and lighters are not accessible to children.”

His colleague in Johannesburg Robert Mulaudsi says the city’s officials are also on high alert.

“We’ll remain on high alert to make sure that we’ll be able to respond to any emergency which might occur as quickly as possible.”

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)