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SA concerned about impact of Ebola on continent's growth

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said the virus could reverse some of the gains made in the past years.

FILE: Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is worried about the impact the Ebola outbreak could have on economic growth in Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday.

"We are indeed concerned, it is for that reason... that we actually led the inclusion of matters that relate to Ebola at the G20 level," Nene told reporters in Pretoria.

Leaders from the G20 group of nations met over the weekend and part of their discussions included practical measures of tackling Ebola.

The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record. It has killed at least 5,177 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation.