Chilly, drizzly start to inauguration day

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pretoria - It has been a chilly and drizzly start in Pretoria, where around 30 000 South Africans will gather for the inauguration of Jacob Zuma.

Official proceedings are expected to get underway at 11am.

The South African Weather Services has said it will continue to be a cool day with temperatures expected to only reach a maximum of 19 Degrees Celsius.

However, the 5000 invited guests have been provided with umbrellas and blankets to keep the chill off in the Union Buildings' amphitheatre.

SA Weather Services Forecaster, Chris Nkosi told BuaNews the cloudy conditions are also expected to continue, with a 30 percent chance of rain later in the afternoon.

People have already begun to trickle in at the union Buildings, where the stage has been set for the inauguration to take place later today.