Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
4 Aug 2021
6:59 pm

PICS: Limpopo village where the ground is on fire

Sipho Mabena

Community of Zaaiplas village in Sehlakwane have lived in awe and terror of a burning peatland for the past five years.

A resident stands near a still smouldering pit emanating from a possible underground fire in what used to be a wetland in Sehlakwane, Limpopo, 2 August 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Billowing white smoke from a dead wetland has a community of a Limpopo village on the edge, sparking rumours of three people and several head of livestock being swallowed alive by the burning burning ground. For over five years, the community of Zaaiplaas village in Sehlakwane, about a three and a half hour drive from Johannesburg, have lived in awe and terror of this burning peatland, with little explanation for why the ground beneath them is literally on fire. Also Read: Limpopo lava phenomena linked to climate change Without answers and his house and family metres away from the smouldering...