Johannesburg - Gauteng residents began the last week of June facing the triple challenges of freezing temperatures, water supply cuts and power outages in various parts of the province.
In the south of Gauteng, the province, SA Weather Services warned of extreme cold on Monday, with overnight temperatures dipping to their lowest so in 2019.
SA Weather said temperatures in Vereeniging were expected to go as low as -4°C, while the West Rand would fall to -1°C, with Johannesburg reaching a minimum of 1°C and Pretoria 2°C.
Adding to residents' woes, the city of Johannesburg has urged them to use water sparingly to avoid emptying reservoirs during two-and-a-half days of supply cuts from Monday for a valve installation on the main pipeline. Utility Rand Water cut off supply at 5am to install the 2500mm Butterfly valve from Lethabo to Vereeniging pumping station.
The province's main bulk water supplier said provision may be affected in all Gauteng municipalities including Sedibeng, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, adding that these areas could expect to experience low pressure to no water at all.