A tale of two winters in South Africa

    “It was the best of times.”

    Places such as Nottingham Road, the Drakensberg and Mooi River in Kwazulu Natal have been covered in snow. And we seem to love snow days so much (rare as they are). People chasing after the snowfall caused bumper to bumper traffic along the N3 highway.

    And it’s not just KZN that’s blanketed in snow. Radio and television personality Anele Mdoda shared these images from the Eastern Cape.

    Guys !!!! This is our house in the rurals in ncembu, Eastern Cape.

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    “It was the worst of times.”

    News24 reports that the death toll in flooding in KZN has risen to three. “The body of a Chatsworth woman, whose car was washed off a low-lying bridge, and the body of a man in Cato Manor have both been found,” says the report.

    Some roads and cars have been washed away and there were also reports of landslides from all over the city. According to Arrive Alive, the road between King Shaka airport and Margate along KZN coast is heavily flooded. The SA Weather Service says more than 133.8mm of rain has been recorded in the area over the last 24 hours.

    Amanzimtoti and Stanger are said to be worst affected. On Tuesday afternoon, the eThekwini Municpality put a notice out on its Facebook page saying: “North and South beaches in Durban have been closed due to high seas and storm damage. The decision to close beaches has been taken as a precautionary measure – to ensure the safety of residents and holidaymakers. A major clean-up operation will be undertaken. The public will be notified once the beaches have been re-opened.”

    “It was the age of wisdom.”

    Can we just pause for a round of applause for this person?

    “It was the age of foolishness.”

    While some have been super excited about the snow, building snowmen and enjoying the temporary winter wonderland, farmers around the Drakensburg area are not well pleased. Die-hard snow chasers have broken fences and left gates open giving the animals a chance to wander outside.

    “It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope.”

    These photos taken by hiker Ahmed Mather at Sani Pass over the weekend are incredible.

    Sani Pass 1 Ahmed Mather


    Sani Pass 3 Ahmed Mather

    Sani Pass 7 Ahmed Mather

    “It was the winter of despair.”

    Keep in mind those without proper shelter and heating to keep them warm and dry.

    “We had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

    Featured image courtesy of Ahmed Mather and Khalid Ballim