City of Ekurhuleni disaster and emergency management services firefighters are currently on site at a burning waste landfill site near the Geldenhuys interchange in Germiston. The Simmer and Jack landfill site caught fire on Thursday and firefighters have been tirelessly battling the blaze since then.
According to spokesperson William Ntladi, there is a thick emission of carbon smoke from the burning materials. The strong winds blowing in different directions have alerted nearby residents and motorists to exercise caution when approaching the interchange (N3).
The firefighters have been working round the clock to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading. They are equipped with specialized equipment and are using water tankers to douse the flames. However, due to the nature of the waste materials, the fire is proving to be challenging to fully extinguish.
The City of Ekurhuleni has assured the public that they are doing everything possible to bring the situation under control. They have also urged residents in the vicinity to keep their windows closed and avoid unnecessary exposure to the smoke.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the City of Ekurhuleni is working closely with relevant authorities to determine the source.