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Most parts of the coun­try, which ex­pe­ri­enced its dri­est year on record in 2015, are forecast to re­ceive above-av­er­age rain­fall dur­ing the au­tumn months, ac­cord­ing to the South African Weather Ser­vice. There are also en­hanced chances for above-nor­mal rain­fall from June to Au­gust, ex­cept for the cen­tral re­gion, it said. While the in­creased rains will be too late to save the sum­mer maize crop, it could bring much-needed relief to parched pas­ture lands and dam lev­els, Reuters re­ported. White maize is the coun­try’s sta­ple food and prices dou­bled last year due to the drought, it said.

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