Landfill solution - ‘five years too long to wait’ - community

2017-03-28 06:02

THE Upper Highway community were outraged after an EnviroServ advert appeared in the Hillcrest Fever last week.

According to the advert Enviroserv stated that they are committed to a “sustainable solution that is good for the community, the environment and local economic development”.

The advert further explained how the landfill is designed and how the Shongweni operation operates.

However, residents stated that the community cannot wait five years for the issue to be resolved as they are suffering now, and an immediate solution is imperative.

Resident and admin to Upper Highway Air NPO, Lauren Johnson said her family is affected by the odour every day.

“I personally have had chronic sinusitis and have had a cough for ages, which just doesn’t seem to go away. I suffer with constant headaches, and I get very nauseous when the smell is around.

“My husband also now suffers with headaches and gets dizzy spells due to the smell. My daughter was diagnosed with asthma in September last year and was hospitalised with bronchial pneumonia in October.

“Her immune system was so depleted she had six viruses. She then had to undergo surgery to scrape her sinuses due to chronic sinusitis which would not clear up. My younger daughter, who is two and a half now, often vomits because of the smell. It’s beyond awful.

“We have to plan social events around wind direction and now often prefer to not host [anything] at home. We would rather travel and get out of the area. We even had to go away for Christmas last year due to the possibility of the smell and we usually host [guests for the festive season]. It has affected all areas of our lives,” she said.

Johnson said Upper Highway Air NPO have engaged experts who are advising them on behalf of the community on the solutions which EnviroServ has publicly communicated, and also to investigate the causes and impact on the environment and their health.

She said the community needs to remain committed to the cause.

“The community must remain committed in their efforts, which have been amazing, to see that the matter is appropriately and safely resolved so that associated health impacts are therefore abated,” she added.

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