South Africa : Most water sources in Limpopo's Greater Sekhukhune district cholera free

By Sydney Masinga

Groblersdal - Most water sources in Limpopo's Greater Sekhukhune district, including the Tubatse River, have tested negative for cholera.

"Recent laboratory tests indicate that water sources in most villages along the Tubatse River near Burgersfort are not contaminated with cholera," said acting spokesperson for the district Frans Moswane on Tuesday.

"Only water from a canal in Tsakane has tested positive for e-coli and vibrio cholera after tests were done on two samples."

Tests of other water sources in Ga-Mampuru, Ga-Phasha, Steelpoort, Nazareth and Tsakane villages were negative.

"The results come as a relief, but they do not mean that (we) as a water authority and our partner departments will sit on our laurels.

"We will work hard to fight the spread of cholera until we are sure that the lives of our people are safe," Mr Moswane said.

He said the district, which is based in Groblersdal, would continue to speedily repair all water infrastructure that has broken down and supply water tankers to areas without proper infrastructure.

They will also conduct health and hygiene awareness programmes throughout the district and redouble efforts to ensure the supply of good quality water to areas that are not yet affected by cholera.

The district will also source funds to upgrade and refurbish waste water treatment plants.

Meanwhile, the Capricorn district municipality in Polokwane has put aside R175 million for water projects to deal with the cholera outbreak.

Since November, 3 055 cholera cases have been reported and treated in the province and eleven people have died.

The most recent victim was a 40-year-old woman who died in the Botlokwa area.

"We are doing everything in our power to win the war against this outbreak and we believe that we are on the right track," said provincial health spokesperson Phuti Seloba.

The outbreak was first recorded on 15 August in Zimbabwe before spreading to neighbouring countries, like Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.

More than 2 000 people have already died in Zimbabwe. - BuaNews