Fires Flare at Sapref Refinery in South Durban
View from Wentworth Park
View from Cuttings Beach at the Umlazi Canal
For several years, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) has pressured Sapref to install back-up generators, but Sapref has failed to do so. Sapref’s neglect continues to put nearby communities at risk. The SDCEA calls for the Sapref Refinery to re-examine the urgent need for back-up generators in light of today’s dangerous flaring.
“It is unacceptable that South Durban communities are left in the dark about incidents such as these by the city officials as well as polluting industries. Due to lack of information, our communities cannot continuously bear the brunt of these incidents that leave them uncertain of their health risks. Communities are outraged by these incidents, and tend to turn to the SDCEA instead of city officials since officials have previously not responded positively“, stated Bongani Mthembu, GIS & Air Quality Officer specialising in pollution at the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance.