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  • Yesterday, it snowed here in Gauteng. Work stopped all across the campus.

    Teachers went out and took pictures of each other with snowflakes spangled in their hair.

    Workers turned their faces up to the sky and grinned.

    Ms Makwena did a wriggle dance as the flurries swirled around her.

    In Pretoria it melted almost as soon as it landed.

    I got a few pictures of snowflakes on the green metal of the fences. Pictures of wind gusts made visible by the snow they carried.

    Today, the newspapers ran pictures of the lions in the Johannesburg Zoo lying in the snow. Some of the workers talked about going home and gathering up the snow in their hands.

    Mr. Ben, Mr Abram told me, I held it in my hand. I held the snow.

    The last time it snowed in Gauteng Province was 1981.

    Today was the first day of School. I wore my Navy style watch cap, a thinsulate lined jacket, a wool vest and a scarf. Some of the kids arrived in fur lined boots. We served the parents hot chocolate and coffee.

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