Cape Town-130417- Residents from Samora Machel dodge puddles around the community as heavey rains flood parts of the area. Roads are also blocked off due to high water levels. Photo: Ross Jansen
Cape Town-130417- Residents from Samora Machel dodge puddles around the community as heavey rains flood parts of the area. Roads are also blocked off due to high water levels. Photo: Ross Jansen

Winter has no end in Cape Town

By Yolisa Tswanya Time of article published Aug 27, 2013

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Cape Town - After clear skies and sunshine over the weekend Western Cape residents are again having to brace themselves for another cold front expected to bring more rain over the next few days.

Forecaster at the Cape Town weather office, Henning Grobler, said the rain predicted for Tuesday would not be too heavy but it would “intensify by Wednesday and Thursday”.

“There will be some cloud cover and a 60 percent chance of rain; it won’t be too bad, but the rain will continue until Thursday and Friday.”

Grobler said temperatures were expected be in the mid-teens and the weather was expected to clear up by the weekend.

The rain has left many residents living in informal settlements in the Cape anxious and residents in Kosovo in Philippi are to have a meeting a representative from the City of Cape Town to discuss a contingency plan.

Community leader Khaya Ncapayi said residents would meet before the meeting with the city.

“A person from the city will come here today and sit down and talk to us about our needs and what we can do for our people that are affected by the rain.

“We are hoping he can give us an idea of what we can do with those that have water in their homes.”

The heavy rains over the past few weeks have left at least 160 000 people across Cape Town needing assistance from the city.

A resident from the Siqalo informal settlement in Khayelitsha, Anetta Baloyi, said she had been living at a friend’s home in another part of the informal settlement for about two weeks, since her home was flooded.

“I go to check on my place every now and then but it doesn’t look like I will be going back anytime soon. Maybe I will go back in summer.”

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