SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD USERS URGED TO BEWARE UNFAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS

The South African Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists and public transport drivers to be cautious on the roads as unfavourable weather conditions are set to spread throughout the country.

Travelling has been delayed this week in the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape following snow fall on Monday and multiple collisions were reported in many parts of these provinces.

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) meanwhile reported that thunderstorms and rainy conditions are expected to spread inland from Tuesday to Thursday. Severe thunderstorms with hail and heavy downpours are also predicted over Gauteng province in the coming days.

The RMTC Tuesday warned motorists that there might be delays on the roads as a result of rainy weather, which generally tends to affect traffic lights and visibility.

Meanwhile, power utility Eskom says it is confident that it will be able to keep the lights on as cold weather conditions persist.

“Electricity demand is expected to rise sharply over the next few days due to the cold weather conditions and Eskom has adequate power supply to meet the demand. Yesterday (Monday), our month-to-date energy availability factor was recorded at 80.78 per cent, in line with our target,” said Eskom.

Despite the cold weather, Eskom has not implemented any load-shedding in more than 11 months. However, customers in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces may experience outages due to the inclement weather conditions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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