SA prepares for ‘perfect’ storm

SA needs to get ready for a lot this weekend.

A surge in Covid-19 cases, very cold weather, and the risk of more load shedding.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize kicked off the bad news when he told parliament the Covid-19 ‘storm’ he has been talking about is finally here. 

Mkhize said positive Covid-19 infections have reached 224,665 and 3,602 people have died.

The cases are rising fast just as the country prepares for a big cold front that could bring snow. This is pushing freezing weather up the country – just as the Covid epicentre has moved to Gauteng from the Cape.

Even though the economy is so weak, Eskom says the jump in demand for electricity could cause load shedding as the cold front hits the Western Cape.

SA Weather Services has issued a warning of bitterly cold, wet and windy weather expected over parts of SA over the next few days. 

“Gale force winds, heavy rain, snow, and very cold conditions will be imminent from Thursday (9 July 2020) as two cold fronts make landfall.”