Durban residents smell a rat

Durban residents smell a rat

Down in the dumps, something stirs... 

Residents of Durban’s polo and show-jumping belt have long contended with the farmyard pong of horse manure. Now they believe the air is being poisoned by a nearby chemical dump.

They claim the air is polluted  with a “thick pungent gas and chemical smell” leading to “nausea, vomiting, headaches, coughing spasms, eye redness” and “generally feeling revolting”. They say it has got worse over the past six months.

In a joint statement, Gail and Jim Hawkins say: “the only comparison we can make is of a rotting rat – one that has been dead for a few days”.

Resident Amy Fisher, a food critic, claims she developed red boils on her back, neck and torso as a result of the toxic air. “The dump smells like rotten eggs, wet soaks and diesel gas,” she said.

The chemical dump site is operated by Enviroserv. It accepts industrial chemicals, condemned foodstuffs, contaminated soil and general waste.

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