How often does it snow at the tip of sunny Africa? Well, not very often. In fact according to Sapa comparable widespread snow across South Africa has only been recorded twice in the past 20 years, in 1981 and 1988. The country, which usually bakes under the African sun, has been bristling under freezing temperatures it doesn’t often feel. Here are the unusual pictures of snow on the continent by readers aka citizen journalists, recording snowfall with their cellphones and their digital cameras, on the country’s biggest news site News24.com.

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