Upper Highway stench: Residents say enough is enough

Upper Highway stench: Residents say enough is enough

Community activists are mobilising Upper Highway residents against a chemical smell that has been plaguing the area for more than a year now.

Upper Highway stench

Residents are up in arms over the stench that they claim is posing health problems to their families.

A motorcade of about 50 vehicles drove through the Shongweni, Dassenhoek and KwaNdengezi areas yesterday - to raise awareness around the issue. 

Upper Highway stench

ALSO READ: Upper Highway stench: Enviroserv conducting assessments into odour

Cliffdale resident and organiser, Siyanda Chonco, says it's not just suburbs like Hillcrest and Kloof that are affected.

"For me personally, what I've experienced is a nose block, a sore throat, persistent headaches - you'll have one or all of these symptoms sometimes. Some of my colleagues in Assegai and Hillcrest actually experience worse symptoms than I do, because their children would be vomiting," he said.

ALSO READ: Efforts to prevent toxic waste disposal at Durban beach

Residents believe EnviroServ's landfill site in Shongweni is the source of the smell. 

The company says it operates a compliant and legal site - adding that authorities are probing other contributors to the malodour. 

Meanwhile, around a thousand people are expected to march through Hillcrest on Saturday.

Show's Stories