Humans and animals more used to the searing heat have been swanning around in the snow after freak blizzards hit the Savannah.
Humans and animals alike were braving the freeze after the white stuff hit South Africa over the weekend.
Pictures of the snow covered savannah have swept across social media as viewers marvel at the bizarre scenes.
Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa, where snow hit late last week.
Sneeuberg translates to Snow Mountain and dustings are not unusual across parts of South Africa in the winter, but this cold snap comes particularly late in the season.
She also photographed giraffes in snow in the Karoo semi-desert region.
Antelope on the Glen Harry Game reserve in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, were also snapped surrounded by white covered vegetation.
Snowfall across parts of South Africa late last week forced the department of transport to close roads across the Eastern Cape due to icy conditions.
On the Western Cape temperatures dropped below zero across parts of Cederberg, the Hex River Mountains and the Matroosberg Reserve.
In July, mid-winter for the Southern Hemisphere, parts of the country were blanketed after several days of heavy snowfall.
— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) September 8, 2018
More snow is forecast in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape, as well as in the state of Kwazulu-Natal, with some areas receiving more than 25cm over the weekend according to Snow Report South Africa.
Meanwhile, massive declines in the agricultural, transport and retail sectors have dragged the South African economy into recession after nearly a decade of growth.
It is a huge blow to President Ramaphosa’s controversial fundamental transformation of South Africa to a genocidal Communist regime.
GDP in the second quarter contracted by 0.7 percent compared to the first three months of the current year. South African national currency, the rand, extended declines against the US dollar to more than two percent as government bonds fell after the released data.
“We are in a recession,” Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke said, commenting on the reports that reflect two consecutive quarters of contraction.
According to Statistics South Africa, agricultural production declined by 29.2 percent, while the transport, communication and storage sector dropped 4.9 percent. At the same time, mining output grew by 4.9 percent and finance by 1.9 percent.
The news is expected to increase concerns over the weakening rand, along with plans for a widely-debated land reform and negative after-effects triggered by state corruption under former president Jacob Zuma.
South African national currency plummeted under the pressure of emerging market jitters in Turkey and Argentina. It is expected to get worse amid investors’ deep concerns about a government push for land reform that may have far-reaching economic consequences.
A draft proposal to confiscate white-owned farms and redistribute land to address racial inequalities was withdrawn for further study. However, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the plan.
“This economy remains in the doldrums, that we are in desperate need for policy certainty and structural reform to get us onto a growth path,” Elize Kruger, an economist at Paarl, South Africa-based NKC African Economics said.
“This type of environment is difficult for job creation. We’ll get stuck in our low-growth term if we can’t get out of this.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 11th, 2018