JOHANNESBURG, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - A
total of 28 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed by a series
of forest fires which have swept through parts of South Africa and Swaziland
since the end of last month, officials said Thursday.
"26 deaths have been reported thus
far," in South Africa alone, said a statement issued after a cabinet
Two people were reported dead as a result
of the fire in neighbouring Swaziland.
"Over 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres)
of commercial plantations (and a further 18,000 (44,500 acres) in Swaziland)