Snowfall surprises Western Cape

The area outside of Rawsonville, including the mountains from Villiersdorp to Tulbagh, Worcester and Sneeukop have received some unexpected snowflakes this morning. Residents were surprised to wake up to icy coldness and views of powdery white mountain tops in the middle of Cape Town’s supposed spring season. According to,[…]

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Possibility of snow in the Cape this week

Temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing point in the Matroosberg area from Thursday, which could finally mean snow for those who have had their fingers crossed for a white winter. Matroosberg Nature Reserve recently posted to its Facebook page saying this week could bring the first snowfall for the[…]

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Popular Bainskloof Pass closed to traffic

The R301 Bainskloof Pass, between Wellington and Ceres, has been closed for traffic. The Department of Transport and Public Works said the closure of the road follows erosion under a low water bridge. According to the department, the traffic load had placed the structural integrity of the pass at risk.[…]

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WC mountain passes open after heavy snowfall

Despite heavy snowfall in parts of the Western Cape, several mountain passes that were closed on Monday have now been opened. Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa told News24 that the Gydo, Theronsberg and Matroosberg passes, which were closed due to the weather conditions, were reopened on Tuesday. He added[…]

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Thousands of residents in informal settlements impacted by adverse weather

Approximately 4 000 dwellings have been affected by adverse weather conditions following Sunday night’s heavy downpours. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre had confirmed that localised flooding had occurred in informal settlements across the metropole in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Macassar. Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said powerlines are down in Lansdowne, Gugulethu[…]

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