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29 May 2020

Rustenburg – The official start of winter is on Monday 1 June, however everyone had to put on their jackets on Wednesday morning. To some it might be a sigh of relief and a means of escaping Rustenburg’s scorching heat… to others it might be a nuisance to unpack the winter woollies.

Most of the trees have started to shed their leaves and nature is flaunting hues of brown and beige dancing in the wind.

For as long as I can remember, the Rustenburg Show, historically held on the last weekend in May, was the opening act of winter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown, this winter will have an unusual start – change is upon us and we have no choice but to adapt.

According to the Department of Education, schools will slowly be inviting back their students as from 1 June, although parents are not obligated to send their children to school and people will finally be able to return to work on Monday. Our very first lockdown winter.

Weather SA indicated that Rustenburg will experience its first cold front on Wednesday reaching a shivering temperate of max 20 ? C/ min -1 ? C on Thursday 28 May.

We would suggest dusting of your thickest winter coat and staying warm. With the cold temperatures, you are more prone to catch a cold. Snuggle up in front of the TV with a nice warm drink and make sure to take your vitamins regularly to strengthen your immune system to stay safe and healthily this winter.

On the bright side, at least your mask will help in keeping your face a wee bit warmer this winter!

Gerhard and Marilene Kleynhans, embracing the winter cold.
Trees are standing bare in the cold winter winds.

 

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