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Message Subject The Future of your country?..ask and I will tell you,...
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EXTREME WEATHER - SNOW - SO. AFRICA

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Date: Friday, 26 May 2006, 10:28 p.m.

Strangely late reporting I would think.

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22/05/2006 - 18:42:09 (Military Time, UTC)

Johannesburg As South Africa’s coldest winter in years descends on the country, people have started losing their lives in the struggle to keep warm. A national warning released by the South African Weather Services on Monday morning has stated that “very cold conditions are expected over the high ground of the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld of Gauteng and Mpumalanga”. The warning follows a weekend of freezing conditions. At least five people have reportedly died in the Eastern Cape because of exposure to the cold. The weather service reported the falling of snow in certain parts of the country. The season fell on the Matroosberg in the Ceres district and the Little Swartberg in the Ladismith area. Snow was also reported in the Winterberg at Aberdeen, Cradock and Queenstown, as well as in the Drakensberg at Elliot, Barkly-East and Cala. Widespread rain and bitter cold prevailed in most of the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Cape on Sunday. There were also showers in Gauteng and other parts of the country. According to the weather service's seven-day forecast, minimum temperatures in Johannesburg and over the Vaal Rand area are expected to plummet to minus figures during the week. When AND spoke to the MEC for social development in the Eastern Cape, Thoko Xasa, to determine what her department planned to do to avoid similar tragedies in the province – in light of the warnings of continued extreme weather – she seemed unaware of the weekend’s deaths and declined to comment on the matter. The Weather service has said that the icy conditions will continue until at least Thursday.
 
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