WATCH OUT: Rains flooded streets

For one day only, the Mother City felt like the Cape of Storms again.

On Tuesday, thunder and lightning rocked Cape Town and the heavens opened, bringing much-needed rain to the drought-stricken city.

But while most mense were singing in the rain, nine people in the province lost their lives on the wet roads.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says flooding in Caledon claimed five people on the High Noon pass, outside Villiersdorp, just after midnight.

“A driver and his four female passengers were confronted with a mass of water all of a sudden, they got out of the vehicle and were washed away. All five drowned during this process,” he said

The flooding was reported near Theewaterskloof Dam, the main supplier to the city.

“In another incident in Bloemhof in the Montagu area, four male occupants lost their lives due to flooding,” he says.

Cape Town is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years, with Day Zero projected for 4 June.

On Tuesday, however, the doom and gloom was forgotten as the streets were turned into swimming pools

Photographer Solly Lottering captured these images of laaities having a ball, swimming in the rain water in Scottsville on Tuesday evening.


While the kids were splashing about, the adults put out buckets to catch the water for re-use.

The ladies were in a flat panic, it had been a while since their hare minced.

Not Candice Fielding, 30, of Mitchells Plain, though, seized the opportunity to enjoy a free hair wash.

The natural hairstylist and vlogger made a video of herself standing outside in the rain, shampooing her hair.

“With the current drought we are facing, I don’t get to wash my hair as often as I used to, so today I’m taking advantage of the rain and I’m making today my wash day,” she said.

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