Residents of Gauteng Irked by Lingering Smell of Sulphur in Province

Residents of Gauteng Irked by Lingering Smell of Sulphur in Province

- A horrible stench has taken over the streets in Gauteng and South Africans are far from impressed

- According to a few tweets, the odour is from the chemical element sulphur

- Many residents in Gauteng have not been able to identify the smell or where it's coming from

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The smell of sulphur, a chemical element used in batteries, detergents, fungicides, manufacture of fertilisers, gunpower, matches and fireworks, has been ravaging the Gauteng area. Residents are frustrated by the stench.

Gauteng Weather shared on Twitter that there are high-risk groups that may be affected negatively by the air quality. The tweet shared a list which contained asthmatics, those with lung disease and those with heart diseases.

Twitter is flooded with Gauteng residents who have had enough of the horrid odour.

SA, fuming, Sulphur stench, Gauteng

The smell of sulphur as been ravaging the streets of Gauteng leaving residents annoyed and frustrated. Image: Stock Photo
Source: Getty Images

Below is the tweet by Gauteng Weather:

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South Africans shared their frustration with other residents through Twitter:

@Brandon_degee said:

"So sick of the JHB sulphur smell that I’m moving to Cape Town. In a week! Eeeeek!"

@TheAxiom tweeted:

"The smell in Jozi smells like what?? Damn, y'all be safe out there."

In other news, reported on the concerns raised by many South Africans after the Department of Home Affairs announced that it is confident that reopening land border posts will go smoothly.

The National Coronavirus Command Council has approved the move as of Monday in addition to new regulations that will attempt to limit the disorder witnessed over the festive season.

The congestion experienced at borders had been dubbed 'super-spreader' events and even slammed as a 'humanitarian crisis'.

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in conjunction with top department officials is expected to visit key posts in order to monitor the implementation of plans to ensure smooth movement over the borders.

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Motsoaledi noted that the orderly management of people being processed through borders was a vital part of SA's overall risk-adjusted approach to limiting the spread of the virus. Over the course of the past month, the department increased engagements in a bid to improve coordination of efforts.

However, Road Freight Association chief executive Gavin Kelly has warned that there was a number of concerns over long queues. Fears were raised that the borders may not be ready to handle the large quantities of people and this could prompt delays, reports IOL.

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