Johannesburg Emergency Management Services say they are on high alert as a cold front is expected to hit Friday and it’s expected to last well into the weekend. The South African Weather Service has warned that there will be a significant drop in temperatures with wet conditions in most parts of Gauteng. The cold front is currently moving towards the Western Cape, where forecasters say a sprinkling of snow is expected in high-lying areas and is expected to clear by Sunday.

EMS spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi says:  “We want to reassure residents throughout the City of Joburg that we are capable of rendering effective emergency services, be it at informal or formal residential areas. Our residents must work with us so we don’t leave heating devices like heaters, paraffin stoves and candles unattended so that we can prevent fire incidents at home.”