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KwaZulu-Natal’s disaster management teams are on high alert as extreme weather conditions hit the province.

The MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube appealed to residents‚ particularly in areas prone to heavy snowfalls and flooding‚ and to heed the advice and updates from the South African Weather Services when planning trips that require driving or any other outdoor activities.

"We are specifically appealing to parents to ensure all school-going children avoid precarious routes that are prone to flash flooding. We urge all schools to plan all outdoor activities carefully and in line with the latest weather updates‚" said Dube-Ncube.

She warned snow watchers to stay clear of affected areas as they risk being trapped when the area becomes impassable. Motorists have also been urged by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport‚ community safety and liaison‚ Mxolisi Kaunda‚ to exercise caution.

Heavy snow has fallen in parts of the Eastern Cape and southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal‚ with heavy rain and flooding expected in the province on Friday.

"There have been reports of snow and mist in some parts of the province and certain parts of the Eastern Cape and Lesotho," said Kaunda. "I urge all motorists to stay clear of areas where there is snow until the situation is back to normal."

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