While many Joburgers have expressed their excitement and amazement at the unexpected snowfall that has fallen on the city and areas of the country, motorists have been reminded to use caution when driving.
On Monday, Gauteng woke up to a winter wonderland after snow fell in the city and several parts of the province as a cold front engulfed the country.
Several people flocked to social media to share videos and photos of snow in Melville, Sandton, Parktown, Alberton, and Krugersdorp.
The Eastern Cape transport department has cautioned vehicles to proceed with caution across the province’s mountain passes as snowfall continues to wreak havoc on some roadways.
The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has advised motorists in the city to be “extra careful” on the roads.
The JRA also provided driving suggestions to make driving easier. They include utilising fog lights, keeping an eye out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, softly manoeuvring, slowing down, and allowing additional space between you and the car in front of you.
“Do not drive on the taillights of the vehicle in front,” the JRA cautioned.
The N3 toll concession advised travellers on the N3 between Cedara and Heidelberg of “extremely cold and icy conditions.”
City Power has offered an update on how the cold weather has impacted city operations.
Spokesperson Isaac Mangena said: “City Power teams in service delivery centres have so far managed the high demand for electricity very well with fewer outages reported across Johannesburg overnight and on the weekend”.
“After the coldest night on Sunday, we opened this morning [Monday] with less than 1,000 outage calls (928), with problematic areas such Roodepoort, Hursthill and Randburg reporting an average of 100 calls each this morning.
“Our teams will continue to be on high alert with more resources directed to problematic areas as adverse temperatures are set to continue in the coming days. We are seeing more calls coming from Bromhof and surrounds, parts of Parktown and the Reuven area. Teams are attending to those,” Mangena said.