Sorry for the stink, says owner of burnt store

2011-05-26 00:00

COMPLAINTS about the stench of rotting products coming from Siyaya Cash and Carry in Pietermaritz Street, which burned down almost two weeks ago, are being attended to, says the owner, Shabeer Noorgat.

The store was seriously damaged structurally in the fire that left it gutted.

Fire-fighters battled for several hours to put out the blaze.

It destroyed stock, computers and important business management files.

Lengthy investigations by the insurers have meant that some of the burned products, including meat, have not been properly disposed of.

The products have since begun to rot.

Businesspeople operating in the area said the unpleasant smell is not only affecting their businesses, but also threatening their health.

A source in the area, who did not want to be named, said: “It smells like a rotting rat over there and it is intolerable.

“There are people and other businesses operating in this area.

“There is a taxi rank and a butchery and there are people who cook food here and the smell is making us lose our appetite.”

They cannot wait for the investigations into the fire to conclude, the source added.

Noorgat said he is aware of the smell and is removing all the rotting products.

“We contacted the department of health to tell the insurance company to allow us to move the rotting products and we will remove and dump all those products by the end of today as it is becoming a health hazard.”

He apologised to the neighbouring businesses, blaming the delay on what he called red tape.

Noorgat said the investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

He added that it could take up to a year to rebuild their store because the damage was so extensive.

He said customers can still get their products at their second store.

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