Hotline set up to report environmental pollution in Durban

Hotline set up to report environmental pollution in Durban

An NGO working for environmental protection in and around Durban has set up a hotline that will allow communities to report any concerns they may have about pollution and other hazardous situations in their area. 

UPL Chemical Plant in Cornubia burning factory Durban SA Unrest
Nokukhanya N Mntambo

"We also encourage communities to phone and speak to me for any pollution-related issues," says Air Quality Officer, Bongani Mthembu who is with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance. 

He says anyone affected by air, water and land pollution can get in touch with them via WhatsApp as well. 

He says the goal is to offer an immediate response in an environmental emergency.

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Mthembu says they felt there was an urgent need for better communication after the recent unrest. 

UPL South Africa's warehouse in Cornubia was torched by looters. 

The flames burned for days triggering massive health and environmental concerns. 

Residents north of Durban were affected by the smoke and fumes. 

READ: LISTEN: Cornubia chemical factory blaze extinguished, cleanup underway

"Especially around the last explosion, the last incident that happened in Cornubia, highly toxic chemicals emanated from the plant from the warehouse itself because the warehouse was containing a number of different pesticide chemicals. People do not know who to call, who might respond to their complaint." 

The number to call is 031 461 1991. 

You can also get in touch with SDCEA via WhatsApp on 069 120 4970. 

READ: Report reveals “very toxic" chemicals are poisoning Durban rivers and beaches

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