CAPE TOWN – Winter continues its icy grip across the country.
Several provinces have had to batten down the hatches as torrential rain and snowfall pelted several areas.
But forecasters say the weather will improve just in time for the weekend.
Disaster personnel have intervened across the KZN province to deal with the aftermath of flash floods.
At least two people are still missing.
Ntombifuthi Sithole was buried during a mudslide in Mayville while Durban North resident Brenda Scriven was washed away.
Preliminary figures indicate at least five people are dead as a result of the rains.
Durban has been hard hit with a number of structural collapses, accidents and injuries recorded across the city since Sunday.
The Eastern Cape also hasn’t escaped.
Snow has covered high-lying areas and many areas have reported widespread flooding.
The Western Cape has seen continuous rain and wind, leading to gridlocked traffic.
eNCA Meteorologist Annette Venter says we should sit tight because it will be worse before it gets better.
“Over the past few days we have had icy conditions over the central parts of South Africa,” said Venter.
We are expecting minimum temperatures to drop down to below freezing point over the Northern Cape, North West and especially the Free State and this could lead to frosty weather.”