According to ER24â??s Facebook account, were numerous reports of a massive dust storm over Bloemfontein and the Free State as well as strong winds in the Kimberly area.

South African Weather Services said the sandstorm was caused by a thunderstorm around 70 kilometres west of Bloemfontein. The organisation said winds of up to 48km/hr were recorded at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg.

Residents of Gauteng also reported strong winds and dust clouds.

Social media was buzzing with photographs and jokes about the natural event:

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