KZN has not escaped some of the adverse weather conditions being experienced in the country. Reports started coming in early of snow falls in the inland and Berg areas. In some areas like Himeville, the snow settled on the ground as well as in the Berg. Other areas including Ixopo and Kokstad there has been sleet, which dint settle on the ground. Later in the morning, there was snow which settled in the Harry Gwala and Umzinyathi districts, in patches. While not all areas have had snow, there are generally cold and windy conditions in the province.
There have also been several accidents, in the province.
In the Ugu district, on the N2 near Paddock there was an accident involving a heavy goods vehicle which reportedly overturned at about 03h00 this morning, subsequently killing the driver.
While in the Umzinyathi district near Helpmekaar on the R33 a bakkie, which left the road and overturned, left one person injured, who was treated by KZN EMS paramedics, before being transported to hospital for further care.
Even though there were inclement weather conditions at the time of these accidents, it is not known if the weather conditions contributed to these accidents and the police are investigating further.
With the cold front and inclement weather expected to continue to the week end. People are urged to be cautious, especially the old, young or severally ill, who are more easily affected by the cold, also bear this in mind if you are caring for such persons.
If travelling especially long distances or to go and try see snow, be extremely careful when driving, remembering that the roads due to snow and rain may be slippery, which will also result in increased stopping distances. Drive at a reduced speed, with head lights on dim and don’t attempt to dive through thick snow if it occurs. Especially if traveling to go and try see snow, travel with extra warm clothing (especially for babies and children), some food and fully charge your cell phone battery before leaving, in case you become stranded.
Also remember, when indoors especially if using a gas heater or fire to keep warm, that there needs to be adequate ventilation to prevent the build-up of toxic fumes. Fire safety precautions need to be followed when using fires, candles and open flame heaters to prevent the spread of the fire.
Interim Media Liaison Officer: Emergency Medical Services