Gauteng residents may have to put up with the “big stench” through Saturday.
This is according to Gauteng Weather, residents are wary of a strong stench warned blows from Mpumalanga.
“A great stench returns to Gauteng as winds blow in from Mpumalanga. Unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups through Saturday,” it said.
The city of Johannesburg said it is investigating the cause of the odor. The city woke up to a similar stench early last year.
According to theMinistry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries < /span>This was likely due to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide at a Sasol plant in Mpumalanga.
After an inspection, releases of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide were detected from the Sasol facility were within the approved limits of the Atmospheric Emission License issued to them by the Municipality of Gert Sibanda on April 23, 2019.
“The World Die Gesundheit Organization ( WHO) recommends that hydrogen sulfide concentrations should not exceed 5.02 parts per billion (ppb) over a 30-minute averaging period to avoid significant odor complaints among exposed populations,” the department said at the time >
“Also there was to the north of the Mozambique Channel, a low-pressure area that resulted in a rather unusual circulation pattern over the region. These conditions created prevailing south-easterly winds that allowed air pollution to be transported from the Mpumalanga industrial region to Gauteng, particularly via the cities of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Pretoria.”
This week’s stink saw many on social media that sulfur pong was in the air.
Here’s a snapshot of what they had to say:
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