SOUTH AFRICAN URGED TO HYDRATE, AVOID DIRECT SUN AS HEATWAVE PERSISTS

JOHANNESBURG, Five of South Africa’s nine provinces — Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Free State and Northern Cape — have been hit by a heatwave over the past few days and the high temperatures are expected to continue until Monday.

Citizens have been urged to keep hydrated and avoid exposure to the sun.

In Johannesburg, the city has re-opened a number of its public swimming pools, which it had recently shut down because of a lack of chemicals used to keep the water clean.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Ayanda Radebe said Sunday: We are ready, the chemical situation has been fixed. All the city’s pools are open and ready to accommodate all our residents. I urge all the residents to drink as much liquids as possible, and to adhere to the swimming pools’ rules.

The adjacent City of Ekurhuleni urged its residents to use water sparingly. Spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said the municipality’s water reservoirs might be running low because of high demand and evaporation in some of the dams which are exposed to the sun.

Dlamini added that some parts of the city might also experience low water pressure.

The South African Weather Service says the mercury will climb above 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, much to the consternation of residents. Temperatures are only expected to return to normal on Tuesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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