Motorists urged to slow down in wet, rainy weather

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pretoria - Motorists across the country have been warned to drive with care and reduce their speed with the cold and wet weather expected to persist throughout the weekend.

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) said on Friday that Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo were expected to have an 80 percent chance of rain and isolated showers, while the North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal had a 60 percent chance of rain.

No rain was expected in the Northern Cape and in the Eastern Cape.

The Tshwane Metropolitan Police has advised motorists to drive with care and at low speeds, especially at intersections.

Spokesperson for the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality's Department of Community Safety Console Tleane said the Tshwane Metro Police, Fire Brigade and Rescue, and Disaster Management Centre were on high alert for any eventuality given the expected rains over the weekend.

"The Metro Police will monitor roads and will be at intersections should there be a need," said Tleane.

The Fire Brigade will be stationary and respond to incidents, while the Disaster Management Centre will respond to distress cases.

Motorists are also advised to be on the look out for debris that might accumulate on the roads.

Tleane also advised residents who have walls around their yards to open up flood holes so that water does not get locked inside their yards.

Residents are advised to call the 24-hour hotline on (012) 310-6400 should the need arise.