Winter wonderland: Here’s where you can go to see the SNOW

Several parts of South Africa have been transformed into winter wonderland settings thanks to snow. Here's how you can take advantage!

Winter wonderland: Here’s where you can go to see the SNOW

The cold snap may not have brought snow to all parts of the country but it certainly has brought a drop in temperatures for most parts of South Africa and this is set to continue into the weekend.

There are reports of snowfall in mountainous areas along the borders of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as, in the Free State and the Eastern and Western Cape.

SNOW IS A RARE COMMODITY

Snow is considered a novelty by many South Africans since it is not seen often by most of us. When there has been significant snowfall many eager snow-seeking South Africans hop into their cars and travel out to areas where they can see fluffy white snow. 

For those who are eager to see real snow, there have been recent reports of heavy snowfall in the following areas:   

CALITZDORP, WESTERN CAPE

Calitzdorp is a quaint little town located on Route 62. It is nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape. This town is known as the port capital of South Africa, due to the quality of the port wines produced by local wine farmers. Calitzdorp is surrounded by the Swartberg Mountains, which are currently capped in snow.  

SWARTBERG MOUNTAIN PASS COVERED IN SNOW

The Swartberg Mountains in the Western Cape are composed of two main mountain chains running along the northern edge of the semi-arid Little Karoo. Most of the Swartberg Mountains are above 2 000m high, making them the tallest mountains in the Western Cape. Residents in the area are currently marvelling at the more than average sprinkling of snow which has been received over the last 24 hours.

ROUXVILLE, FREE STATE

Rouxville, in the Free State, is located near the Drakensberg Mountain Range, and the Lesotho border. Residents of the town woke up to find their gardens and homesteads covered in a blanket of snow on Thursday.   

DORDRECHT RESIDENTS REPORT SPRINKLING OF SNOW

The Stormberg Mountains situated in the Eastern Cape are an easterly extension of the  Bamboesberge, which are part of the greater Drakensberg Mountains. They form part of the Amatola and Stormberg region where South Africa’s only ski resort, Tiffindell, is situated.

Residents of Dordrecht have reported a sprinkling of snow in the area over the last 24 hours.

LANGKLOOF, EASTERN CAPE

The Langkloof Valley is part of the Cape Fold Mountains which are a short mountain range found between the Tsitsikamma and the Outeniqua Mountains. The valley is an area that stretches over 160 kilometres. The area is ideal for growing fruit, particularly apples and pears. Residents in this valley have witnessed magnificent snowfall over the last 24 hours.

Source : The South African More   

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Tokyo Olympics: Team SA Day 1 schedule: Every team and athlete in action

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicks up a notch on Saturday, 24 July in Japan with a host of South African teams and athletes in action.

Tokyo Olympics: Team SA Day 1 schedule: Every team and athlete in action

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicks up a notch on Saturday, 24 July in Japan with a host of South African teams and athletes in action.

FOR THE VERY BEST COVERAGE OF THE TOKYO OLYMPICS PLEASE VISIT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEBSITE

Day 1 may not bring any medals, but it could well see a number of Mzansi’s finest move a step closer to the semi-final and finals of their respective events.

TEAM SA IN ACTION ON SATURDAY, 24 JULY

All times SA

READ | EXPERTS PREDICT SOUTH AFRICA WILL WIN FOUR MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS

Cycling
Men’s Road Race – 04:00: The cyclists will tackle the most mountainous Olympics road race course in decades, with five major climbs on the 240km route between Musashinonomori Park and the Fuji International Speedway. Slovenia hold a strong hand with the likes of Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, while Belgium include Wout van Aert and Greg Van Avermaet. South Africa’s three-man team is Ryan Gibbons, Nicholas Dlamini and Stefan de Bod.

Hockey
Men’s Pool B – 11:30: South Africa vs Great Britain. Belgium are looking to become the fourth country to win the Olympic title as reigning world champions. They are in this group, along with Netherlands, Canada and Germany.

Women’s Pool A – 14:15: Ireland vs South Africa. It’s eighth in the world taking on 16th. Also in Pool A are Netherlands, India, Great Britain and Germany. Team SA had a practice match against 13th-ranked Japan and only went down narrowly 1-0.

Judo
Women’s 48kg – Not before 04:50: South Africa’s Michaela Whitebooi, the only Judo participant in the Team SA squad, has been handed the toughest of draws against the reigning Olympic champion and current World Championship bronze medallist, Paula Pareto of Argentina.

Rowing
Men’s Pair, Heat 1 – 02:50: Luc Daffarn and Jake Green will race in lane one, against Serbia, Netherlands, Romania and Spain. The first three will progress to semi-finals A and B, with the remainder going to the repechage.

Men’s Four, Heat 1 – 04:40: Great Britain have won the men’s four at each of the past five Olympic Games (2000-2016), already the longest winning run by a country in this event. Lawrence Brittain, Kyle Schoonbee, John Smith and Sandro Torrente take off from lane one against Australia, Romania, Netherlands and United States. The first two will progress to final A, with the remaining crews to the repechage.

Swimming
Women’s 100m butterfly, Heat 3 – 12:30: Erin Gallagher takes off in the third heat of five from lane seven. She has a qualification entry time of 57.67. The fastest 16 from the 34 swimmers across the heats progress to the semi-finals

Men’s 100m breaststroke, Heat 4 – 13:32: Michael Houlie is the fastest entrant in this heat with a 59.64 time, which gives him the preferred lane four. World record holder from the 2019 World Championships, Britain’s Adam Peaty, swims in the final heat at 13:40. The fastest 16 qualifiers from the heats go through to the semi-finals

Waterpolo
Women’s Group A, preliminary round – 11:20: South Africa vs Spain. South Africa make their debut at the Olympics captained by Jordan Wedderburn. The country’s women have never been represented at the Games. Also in this group are Canada, Australia and Netherlands.

READ | EXPERTS PREDICT SOUTH AFRICA WILL WIN FOUR MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS

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