I am a little worried! For the past two nights, I get home from work and smell fire - wood burning! I couldn't for the life of me work out what it was or where is was coming from! I wondered around the garden to see if our neighbours had fires going - no joy! Then I noticed that the burning smell was not only a wood burn - it had a strange, almost "antibioiticy" smell (if that makes sense, remember the smell of Amoxyll?) - that's what it reminded me of! Cindy popped around to fetch a parcel from me and I asked her about it! She reckons it comes from the Zandspruit Informal Settlement - there are 25 000 people living in corrugated iron shacks, many without water and electricity. They are obvioulsy burning fires for warmth - the weather has turned really cold!
What is it doing to our environment? What do we do to stop it? And its not only the environment - those houses are shacks and FULL of people. One stray flame, or a knocked over parafin heater and the whole lot go up in flames. Maybe our government should be spending money on safe settlement areas for these people? I don't know what the answer is, but the smell (which I have never noticed before) is enough to make anyone sick.