Cholera scare forces Eskom to suspend construction

Thirty five Eskom employees involved in construction work at the new R80bn Medupi Power Station in Limpopo...

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Thirty five Eskom employees involved in construction work at the new R80bn Medupi Power Station in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">Limpopo were being tested for cholera.

It’s believed many of them started showing symptoms of the water-borne disease earlier this week.

Building on the site was suspended indefinitely while officials wait for the test results.

Eskom’s Fanie Zulu explained the power giant was being as careful as possible.

“Thus far there’s been no confirmation that it is indeed cholera. But we are proceeding as if it is just to be on the safe side,” said Zulu.

Cholera claimed the lives of at least five people in <place w:st="on">Limpopo this week.

The overall number of confirmed cases there has climbed to over 1400.

The disease has claimed at least 1800 lives in neighbouring <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>.