Roads reopened in KwaZulu-Natal

Comment on this story


snow in loxton

Angela van Nes

Photo: Angela van Nes

Durban -

KwaZulu-Natal roads were re-opened to traffic on Tuesday afternoon after being closed for about two hours due to heavy snow, said a Road Traffic Inspectorate spokeswoman.

The roads affected included the N3 at Van Reenen's Pass, the N2

between Harding and Kokstad, the R617 between Swartberg Underberg and the P609 Matatiele, RTI spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu said.

Earlier, about 200 trucks were held up at Tugela toll plaza. Light motor vehicles had to be diverted towards Newcastle.

The KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs department said it had placed its disaster management teams on standby.

“Emergency rescue and disaster personnel have been dispatched to various parts of the province, especially the interior, where heavy snow is currently falling and making the N3 impassable,” spokesman Vernon Mchunu said.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube said no disastrous situations had been reported.

“The cold weather is set to continue throughout the day and into the night, and so is the rainfall.

“Therefore, we urge communities to be cautious with fires as they try to heat up their homes to keep warm,” Dube said.

She also urged motorists to drive carefully, as the roads were slippery and snowfalls were forecast in some parts of the province. - Sapa


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory