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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.

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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


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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.


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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.


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