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By Dimakatso Modipa

City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo
City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo

The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department is calling on Tshwane residents to take note of a heat wave advisory forecasted to persist until Tuesday, 12 March 2024 as issued by the South African Weather Service on 10 March 2024.

“It is against this backdrop that the City calls on residents to be aware of adverse effects that may be caused by extended exposure to extreme heat weather conditions,” City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo.

Mashigo said the effects may include dehydration, heat exhaustion in severe circumstances as well as heat stroke.

Residents are also advised to remain cautious of the increased risk of veld fires during
this period.

The following precautionary measures can be taken:

• Staying hydrated by drinking water

• Limiting outdoor activities (especially during the hottest time of the day)

• Wearing loose clothing and avoiding dark-coloured clothing where possible

• Remaining in the shade where possible

• Keeping an eye on vulnerable individuals

• Ensuring that children and/ or animals are not left in parked vehicles

• Avoiding strenuous physical activity if possible (if you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 04:00 and 07:00).

“We call on residents to be vigilant and promptly report any fire or rescue incidents on 107 toll-free or on 012 358 6300/6400.

For ambulance services, call 112 toll-free.

Residents are also encouraged to monitor warnings/ alerts issued by the South African Weather Service and other credible government agencies and follow recommended safety tips,” said Mashigo.

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