The warning follows the tragic loss of eight lives due to the ongoing heatwave.

In a statement, head of the Government Communication Service, (GCIS) Michael Currin, expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and urged residents to take necessary precautions against heat-related health complications.

We are extremely sad to hear about the passing of eight people that have died of heat stroke in the Northern Cape after a heatwave hit the province over the week,” said Currin.

He urged residents to drink water and wear light clothing, especially those living in areas like KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng where temperatures are expected to soar.

The dead were mostly farm workers in the sparsely populated and largely semi-arid Northern Cape province which borders Namibia and Botswana, according to the labour ministry. “If you’re working in direct sunlight, take regular breaks to avoid exhaustion,” he added. Some parts of the country have recently been experiencing temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

But there is hope on the horizon, as the South African Weather Service predicts cooler weather to arrive by the weekend. Until then, stay safe and stay cool, South Africa.


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