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25 July 2011

Snow wreaking havoc for Eastern Cape travellers


A grader clears snow from an Eastern Cape road, after buses were left trapped for hours. (Ncumisa Rawula, News24 user)

Cape Town - The weather in the Eastern Cape has caused havoc for travellers on Monday, with long-distance buses trapped on snow-covered roads.

Passengers aboard buses travelling from Gauteng to the Eastern Cape complained of hunger and the freezing weather while their coaches were stuck in the snow since the early hours.

Some roads in the Eastern Cape had been closed off due to the snow, and an earlier report stated that some accidents had occurred in the area due to the bad weather.

The SABC reported that the N6 road at the Penhoek Pass between Queenstown and Jamestown and the Nico Malan Pass between Seymour and Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape had been closed.

Trapped


Jean-Pierre du Buisson, Greyhound’s customer service manager, confirmed with News24 that two coaches  were trapped with about 60 passengers aboard each.

The coaches were given the go-ahead to move again at 14:45, he said.

According to Du Buisson, the two Greyhound coaches had been stationary since 03:58 and 04:40.

In the dark
A City to City bus had also been stuck for a number of hours, according to a passenger, but was also on the move again.

Ncumisa Rawula said that the bus had been stuck between Queenstown and Jamestown, but departed at about 15:45.

More snowfall

The extremely cold weather is set to continue in the Eastern Cape, according to a WeatherSA forecaster.

"This afternoon, conditions will worsen and we are still expecting snowfall over the Eastern Cape tonight", Puseletso Mofokeng said.

- News24