Tshwane - The City of Tshwane on Thursday assured residents living around the burning Garstkloof landfill site that the billows of smoke engulfing the eastern suburbs of Pretoria are not toxic.
Some residents in the area have complained on social media that the smoke and fumes from the burning landfill were causing children and the elderly to fall ill. One message said: "Pretoria east dumping ground on fire and causing people respiratory problems. Please can you send a fire truck ".
However, acting Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink told journalists at the scene that the burning landfill did not pose any health hazard.
"We want to assure residents that this is non-toxic smoke. We are dealing with garden refuse site compost heaps, but the City of Tshwane has made available the fire station at Erasmuskloof to assist with any health conditions," said Brink.
"We will also monitor the situation very carefully to see if any further action is needed to support the community. We do want to thank the members of this community, who have assisted us and who have been patient. We also want apologise to the members of this community for this situation, which should not have occurred."