About 15,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in the Cape peninsula.

About 49 residential areas, mostly in informal settlements, had indicated they needed help, SABC news reported

Yesterday spokesman for Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre, Johan Minnie said an estimated 10,000 people, mainly residents of the hard-hit informal settlements on the Cape Flats east of the city, had been affected by the flooding.

Meanwhile, the SA Weather Service has warned that very cold conditions were expected over the southern part of the Northern Cape, Little Karoo, central and southern Free State, Eastern Cape high ground, southern Drakensberg as well as Lesotho.

Gale force westerly to south-westerly winds were expected between Cape Point and East London.