Publish Workplace workers in Joburg taken to hospital after publicity to ‘white powder’


The SA Publish Workplace (Sapo) briefly suspended operations on the Witspos mail sorting centre in Johannesburg after 18 staff fell sick after coming into contact with a white powdery substance that leaked from a parcel.

The Publish Workplace mentioned on Friday the suspension of operations was a precautionary measure  after workers grew to become sick and have been taken to hospital at about 7pm on Thursday.

All of them have since been discharged from hospital.

The parcel, originating from outdoors SA, and the leak have been reported in a single part of the mail processing centre, the Publish Workplace mentioned.

“The Metropolis of Johannesburg’s emergency administration providers and the police have been on web site to help with the incident since final evening [Thursday].

“Bio-management and environmental groups are at the moment rehabilitating the working space and it’s anticipated that operations will resume within the subsequent 24 hours.

“The Sapo worker wellness administration staff along with administration have made contact with the households of the affected staff and also will be debriefing the Witspos mail centre staff,” it added.

Prospects have been urged to “bear with us” as deliveries could be delayed by about 24 hours.

“Prospects are cautioned that it’s unlawful to submit any unlawful, hazardous or toxic substance,” mentioned the Publish Workplace.