Sandstorm hits Johannesburg as South Africans dust off their memes

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There’s a sandstorm currently sweeping across Johannesburg, and no, we’re not talking about that sandstorm.

Around 2pm, residents in Johannesburg’s city centre noticed the oncoming storm engulfing the streets and buildings.

Sadly, someone forgot the bat signal.

Soon after the above was published, the South African Weather Service issued an alert.

“A dust storm + strong winds currently over Ekurhuleni & Jo’burg. Will soon be over Tshwane. Large amounts of dust will cause poor visibility,” it wrote.

User pictures then blanketed Twitter.

The sandstorm has also affected a number of regions in Mpumalanga and the North-West.

Those who stayed indoors whipped out the memes and social commentary.

“The Guptas are bringing Dubai weather to Johannesburg,” one user snarked.

The last notable standstorm to strike Gauteng occurred in 2014, affecting Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

This is a developing story…

Andy Walker


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