There wasnít a breath of wind in Cape Town when the fire started, so I stick by my contention this isnít a fire thatís indicative of global warming. It was either a fire started by a homeless person in the mountain area (unusual on a warm morning, they usually only light fires in winter) or it was deliberately started by trouble-makers. It started off as a beautifully still morning. There wasnít a breath of wind when the gas cylinders exploded with loud booming noise heard in neighbouring suburbs. The wind only picked up later, towards noon.
Three days ago, a huge fire engulfed part of the 1000-bed Johannesburg state hospital, leading to emergency evacuation of 700 patients. The fire raged in grounds, parking lot and ward section for 20 hours. Nothing to do with global warming. Arson also being investigated.
Lockdown has plunged this country into desperation, poverty and anger. Cape Town is the only city left in the country thatís got a clean municipal audit and is the only city run by the national opposition party: itís perceived to be a privileged enclave. Its trains sets and stations are regularly burned - straight arson, so that the city can no longer offer train transport. Iíd need to write a longer screed to explain why certain disaffected groups speak of wanting to burn the city down in order Ďto heal ití.