PRETORIA, The City of Cape Town is on standby following a warning from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) of high rainfall, gale-force wind and possible snowfalls later this week.

All City services and relevant external agencies are on standby to deal with the consequences of the severe weather that has been forecast, the city's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security and Social Services, JP Smith, said.

The SAWS has advised the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre that an intense cold front is expected to affect the Western and Northern Cape on Wednesday and Thursday.

In preparation for the severe weather, the city has cleared away uprooted trees, attended to other infrastructure such as roadways affected by strong winds or potential flooding, and has dealt with any potential power disruptions.

The City will also make emergency shelter and associated humanitarian relief available in the event that any people are displaced as a result of the frontal system.

We further appeal to the public to report any emergency incidents to our Public Emergency Communication Centre so that we can respond as speedily as possible and mitigate the fallout, Smith said.

Residents can contact 021 480 7700 from a cell phone or 107 from a landline for in the case of an emergency.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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