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'Toxic trek' to raise a stink over Upper Highway malodour

Hundreds of Upper Highway residents will take to the streets of Hillcrest on Saturday - to protest against a strong chemical smell that's been plaguing the area for months.

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Tomorrow's march has been organised by the Upper Highway Air NPO.  


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Many residents claim to be suffering from headaches, sore throats, burning eyes and nausea - among other things - as a result of the malodour. 


They believe EnviroServ's Shongweni Landfill site is responsible for the chemical smell. The company has hit back at the allegations - saying it runs a legal and compliant operation - adding that authorities are investigating other contributors to the chemical smell.


Upper Highway Air's Lauren Johnson says they've been given permission for 1000 people to march.


"There is obviously a lot of frustration that there has been a limit imposed to us. But we are encouraging people to go to restaurants in the area to watch from there - so that they still can participate. So even though you're not able to participate in the march - you're able to be a part of the day in other ways," she said. 


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The 'toxic trek' is expected to get underway in Hospital Road at 9:30 tomorrow morning.

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