Adapted from SDCEA's Toxic City Booklet and generously shared with permission.
|ROTTEN EGGS||Hydrogen Sulphide||Refineries / Crude Oil vapor||Cough, Nausea, Headaches|
|BURNED MATCHES||Sulphur Dioxide||Processing / Burning Crude Oil||Asthma, High Sensitivity|
|CADAC GAS||LPG, Butane, Propylene, Propane||Gas Storage depots / Refineries||Drowsiness, Asphyxia|
|CAT URINE||Ammonia||Fertiliser, Cleaning Agents||Drying out, lightheadedness|
|BLEACH||Chlorine||Water treatment, bleaching agent||Skin irritation, headaches|
|PETROL||Petrol fumes||Storage depots / Petrol users||Cancer|
|SWEET ALMONDS||Benzene||Industrial solvent, part of petrol||Vomiting, sleepiness|
|GLUE||Toluene||Paint & Resin manufacturing, part of petrol/solvent||Intoxication|
|CARAMEL/ SUGAR||Cane by-products||Sugar Cane Processing|
|PUNGENT ACID||Polystyrene||Packaging, insulation manufacturing||Fatigue, Depression|
|ALCOHOL||Ethanol||Fuel refining / medical industry||Light-headedness, intoxication|
|ROTTEN CABBAGE||Methanol||Fuel refining / antifreeze agent||Respiratory failure, blindness|
|VINEGAR||Acetic Acid||Chemical product manufacturing||Digestive damage, skin irritation|
|HUSKY/SUFFOCATING||Chromium / Formaldehyde||Chrome manufacture||Eye irritation, Lethargy|
Compiled by: Reshantha Moodley Reviewed by: Professor Rajen Naidoo Data collection: Conner Vasu
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) is an organisation that campaigns for environmental justice and sustainable development in South Durban and the broader Durban municipal area. SDCEA was launched in 1995 to unite members in a common struggle for a healthy living environment and for environmentally sustainable and socially responsible development in south Durban. SDCEA has been both unique and tenacious in challenging government and industry to address the inequities of pollution and unsustainable development in the area and simultaneously raising public awareness about environmental justice.
To learn more about their work, visit sdcea.co.za.