• Short Summary

    SNOW, SLEET, ICE AND FROST CONTINUED TO GRIP MOST OF SOUTH AFRICA TODAY, (FRIDAY), FOLLOWING THE WORST SNOWSTORMS TO STRIKE THE UNION IN LIVING MEMORY.

  • Description

    SNOW, SLEET, ICE AND FROST CONTINUED TO GRIP MOST OF SOUTH AFRICA TODAY, (FRIDAY), FOLLOWING THE WORST SNOWSTORMS TO STRIKE THE UNION IN LIVING MEMORY.

    THE FREAK BLIZZARDS WHICH SWEPT ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA YESTERDAY DISRUPTED ROAD, RAIL AND AIR TRAFFIC, DISLOCATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THREATENED FARMERS WITH HEAVY LOSSES BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE COLD.

    IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS THAT SNOW HAS FALLEN AND THE HEAVIEST FALLS EVER RECORDED IN SOUTH AFRICA WERE REGISTERED IN THE WESTERN TRANSVAAL, WHICH ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO WAS EXPERIENCING A MINOR HEATWAVE.

    IN JOHANNESBURG AND BLOEMFONTEIN, AIRLINE PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN LEFT STRANDED BY THE DIVERSION OR CANCELLATION OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNAL FLIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE SNOW. MOST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO JOHANNESBURG HAVE BEEN DIVERTED TO SALISBURY IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

    DESPITE THE CHAOS WHICH HAS FOLLOWED IN THE WAKE OF THE SNOW, THE PEOPLE OR TOWNS AND CITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNION HAVE WELCOMED THE SNOW WITH A RARE ENTHUSIASM. FOR MANY, IT'S THE FIRST TIME THEY'VE SEEN IT.

    AS THE WHITE MANTLE SETTLED OVER JOHANNESBURG, CHILDREN, TEENAGERS AND ADULTS INDULGED IN THE TRADITIONAL SPORT OF SNOWBALLING -- AND, IN FACT, PELTED ANYTHING THAT MOVED.

    HOWEVER, THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHERMEN EXPECT THE 'UNSEASONABLE' CHRISTMAS SCENE TO DISAPPEAR VERY QUICKLY. THE COLD SNAP IS SLOWLY MOVING NORTH AND SHOULD DISSIPATE WITHIN A DAY OR TWO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1P26GQCMG2DKLO8JVRKMOZWW3
    Media URN:
    VLVA1P26GQCMG2DKLO8JVRKMOZWW3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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