Flights up north are finally being resumed. At last the skies are deemed to be safe after ash and smoke had spewed from the unpronounceable volcano in Iceland. Local flights were unaffected but flights to and from the northern hemisphere were grounded.

We don’t have volcanoes in South Africa. The odd tropical storm brews up in the Indian Ocean. Storms that produce massive waves occur toward the Cape coast and lash boats at sea. That coastline is littered with shipwrecks.

But we are a water scarce country so drought is an ongoing problem and sometimes conversely floods. Every now and again we have bush fires especially on the mountains.

Our biggest problems here are health ones. Sadly diseases such as TB, Malaria and AIDS claim lives regularly. Sub Saharan Africa has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world.

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