Firefighting efforts to continue at Tshwane landfill site

The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department has vowed to continue with day and night firefighting operations at the Gartskloof landfill site.

Smoke generated by the fire at the Gartskloof landfill site. Picture: @CityTshwane/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department has vowed to continue with day and night firefighting operations at the Gartskloof landfill site.

The compost fire broke out last weekend and it’s still unclear what may have caused it.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse says firefighting efforts for this type of fire have to be systematic, which is why it’s time-consuming.

He says all efforts are being undertaken to stabilise and extinguish the compost fire as quickly as possible, without compromising the thorough work of the operation underway.

“The Emergency Services Department would like to thank the community for bearing with us. We’re trying our utmost best, we know it’s uncomfortable due to the smoke. We work in that smoke 24/7, it’s also uncomfortable for us as professional firefighters and we’d like to get it over and done with as soon as possible.”