The basic problem: South Africa’s water-engineers and its government are ‘speaking two completely different languages’ -- the engineers and scientists, with their feet planted firmly in scientific experience and knowledge, know that cholera can be prevented by simply applying good engineering skills and scientific methods learned in London’s filthy slums more than a century ago.
However the ANC-regime speaks Marxist-speak – they instead insist that cholera outbreaks are due to ‘poverty’ and ‘inequal socio-economic conditions.’ They hide cholera statistics by describing them as outbreaks of ‘food-poisoning’ instead…
And to ‘equalize’ matters, the ANC leadership embarked on an insane social-engineering scheme since 1994, firing all their skilled Western-educated water-engineers and municipal technicians who had kept the country in clean water and good health all those years. These well-paid technical jobs had to go to ‘socially-more-acceptable-and-needier’ comrades instead. But they don’t know any engineering. In fact they don’t even know how to carry out bacterial counts in municipal water.
So now, people are getting cholera all over the place because the raw sewerage is allowed to simply stream through the mostly broken-down municipal water-purification plants – and straight into the country’s once so pristine fresh-water streams…
The ‘poisoned food’ disinformation campaign..
The ANC-officials keep issuing statement’s blaming ‘food-poisoning’ on the growing number of cholera cases being admitted to public hospitals with cholera, which has now spread to at least five provinces. In KwaZulu Natal, the number of admissions for cholera increases every day, public health nurses say.
Five were admitted to hospital early this month, after eating food that was ‘suspected to have been poisoned at a farewell party at the Zululand Primary School,’ said department spokesman Chris Maxon.
Maxon said ‘the public must bear in mind that cholera had a tendency of re-occurring after seven to 10 years, therefore they must not think that the disease was only from Zimbabwe. "We (the province) had cases of cholera in 2001. The public must be aware of the resurgence of cholera from the last outbreak considering that we've had a lot of floods, said Maxon.
50 workers at SA power station sick with cholera
Engineers at the construction site of the new $200,000-million Modupe coal-power station in Limpopo province say that all construction had to be suspended until next week when 50 workers came down with cholera-like symptoms over the past two days. Tests are still in progress to determine whether it was cholera - however experienced public health nurses told me that it's 'highly likely'.
Eskom state-utility's spokesman Fanie Zulu, who alas has no medical training to back this up, told Sowetan newspaper that it probably was 'due to food poisoning'.
A cholera outbreak in the South African Limpopo province has struck 1,600 patients, of whom at least 18 have died; and another 1,900 in neighbouring Zimbabwe and the epidemic is still spreading, with cases reported in border regions of Mozambique and Botswana as well.
And another five people have also died of "diarrhoea-related conditions" in GaSekororo, near Tzaneen, a town in Limpopo.
All the pigs eaten in famine – and cholera hits Africa
The epidemics in Zimbabwe and South Africa are linked: they share the Limpopo river as a border, where cholera fibrio have been found in large quantities due to fecal contamination from neighbouring villages and squatter camps. All the many villages on both sides of the crocodile-infested river are suffering frequent bouts of cholera. Veterinarians say one of the main reasons why cholera became rife in Zimbabwe was famine. Many families resorted to killing and eating their pigs – the famine has become so bad that Mugabe now resorts to slaughtering the elephant herds in the reserves to keep his soldiers fed.
However when the pigs are removed from African villages – as could also be seen in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa last year – cholera often breaks out shortly thereafter. The reason is grotesque: African pigs are kept on by villagers to clean up the human feces left lying around their huts. With the pigs gone, the feces gets flushed into the waterways and people get infected with cholera.
Medical authorities at the tented rehydration centres set up to treat the patients outside public hospitals and clinics in South Africa - who also treat a large number of Zimbabwean patients coming across the border every day -- say the number of new patients still increase every day.
Once rehydrated, patients recover within just hours. However the sorce of the infection is not being cleaned up, thus the epidemic is still spreading steadily. There also are cholera outbreaks in other provinces of South Africa which have no direct connection with the Limpopo outbreak.
Due to filthy water, school scores 100% failure rate
Teachers blamed the 'filthy, undrinkable water' on the fact that one school in North West province, with 241 pupils, has now been branded the worst school in the country. All the pupils have failed their exams this year.
The parents and pupils of Doornlaagte combined school in the village of Moselapetlwa, in North West province, are at their wits' end. They told Sowetan journalist Elisha Molefe that the teachers don't want to live in the village; and nobody wants to work there because the 'water is filthy and undrinkable'. The authorities have now stepped in and moved all the pupils to another school in a town where the teachers would want to live.
In North West, Gauteng and KwaZulu Province, dozens of new cases are now being identified every week - indicating that the epidemic is still spreading steadily across South Africa.
In Cape Town's Wallacedene squatter camp, a baby also came down with it two weeks ago- only the second-ever cholera case to be recorded in the Cape Town region's entire medical history.Health authorities say the source for this 'puzzling case' cannot be identified but it was 'not linked to the Zimbabwean/Limpopo outbreak'.
In 2003, Ronnie Kasrils, then-minister of water affairs and agriculture, already warned that the province of KwaZulu Natal was 'sitting on a time-bomb which could explode any time'.see In typical Marxist-speak however, he blamed the entire problem on the fact that the local municipalities ‘refused to supply poor residents with reticulated drinking water…’
- The province had, he said, 'suddenly' found itself in the middle of a major cholera epidemic which killed at least 100 people and infected thousands.
White engineers fired, then the water-plants broke down
Dr Kevin McDonald, Eshowe Hospital superintendent, angrily commented in the news media that ‘it was simply unacceptable that cholera - which can be prevented by simply providing clean water – would still be killing so many people in the 21st century’. For the latest reports and pictures on the massive pollution problems in Durban
During the early eighties, a cholera epidemic also raged in this area – which was quickly brought under control by the SA military’s medical forces. But since that time, the ANC-regime has also invested only some R6m to provide the province 12-million 'needy' people with clean drinking water - albeit it wasn't free, and the poorest still had to resort to drinking from the rivers…
One main reason for this neglect, according to the Inkatha Freedom Party, is that most of their voters live in KwaZulu-Natal and the ANC-government is trying everything it can to alienate their voters from IFP-run town councils. Undoubtedly true – but the physical breakdown in municipal services however was mainly caused not only by a severe and quite deliberate lack of funding, but because the ANC-laws also required that all of the country’s white engineers had to be fired.
- So the systems quickly broke down… See
- Also: Solidarity trade union’s skills register of unemployed white engineers here
- See the report on White Afrikaner poverty resulting from these mass-firings here:
: Cholera patients being rushed into the Musina polyclinic for emergency rehydration. They can die within two hours without it…
- Thus far 889 cholera cases have been officially reported inside South Africa by local health officials - who are now beginning to warn that 'cholera isn't just a Zimbabwean disease… it can break out anywhere.'
Beit Bridge water-purification works broken down for a long time…
Limpopo health department spokesman Phuti Seloba insists however that the current death-rate for the cholera epidemic in his province now stands at a mere eight – which is highly unlikely. The first cholera case was identified on 15 November in Musina in the Vhembe -- the woman had come from the Beit Bridge border post village, where the water-purification works haven't worked for a long time. Seloba said 'cholera can break out anywhere with poor sanitation facilities.'
Musina Hospital has thus far to date (Dec 22 2008) given emergency rehydration treatment to 889 people – officially. However there are no medical teams going into people’s homes to find out if any people also falling ill from water-borne diseases -- but never report to local clinics or hospitals. There are thousands of child-headed households throughout South Africa where the children are never visited by adults, including public-health workers. The exact cholera count will never be determined unless all the households get a visit from a public-health team, and pronto!
Water-purification tablets handed out as if they are medicine…
More doctors and nurses have now also been dispatched to the Vhembe district where a state of emergency has been declared. Water purification tablets are being handed out – as if they are medicines -- and people are urged to 'become more hygienic' in handling of food and water. How? When all the water is heavily-polluted with fecal matter?
The ANC-spindoctors throw with confusing statistics -
- the town of Musina and Madimbo have been the hardest hit they say and another 41 new patients were also identified in Botlokwa - where 12 patients are still recovering in the local hospital. Fourty-six new cases were also identified in the Lekhuren township around Matlala northwest of Pietersburg/Polokwane.
Yet in spite of this clearly very-rapidly growing cholera epidemic, no military personnel have been sent in to install the temporary emergency water-purification plants which have always worked so well in the past to stave off such epidemics in SA. There were cholera-epidemics during apartheid – but the SA army was rushed in with specialised medical teams who cordoned off the area, did house-to-house searches for patients, and installed emergency, plastic water-purification plants... This equipment must still be lying around in military warehouses somewhere – and there still are ex-military personnel in South Africa with the skills to tackle this problem: but alas they are the ‘wrong’ skin colour.
The South African government – embroiled in a massive leadership battle -- seems to have no decision-making mechanisms in place at all any more: all their local spindoctors can do is to keep on proclaiming that ‘the government’ is still trying to decide on how much money to dispense; meanwhile nothing ‘can be done’.
A technical problem cannot be solved by political posturing
However, providing clean water to the population is merely a technical problem, not ever a political one. It can be solved very quickly – but then the SA government would have to rehire all their unemployed white engineers…from here and thus have to start admitting that science does exist, that it isn’t some ‘Western plot’.
Gauteng province -- 2008 – ‘we are sitting on a cholera timebomb…’
Elite suburbs in Johannesburg and Pretoria have the heaviest fecal pollution...
Johannesburg city councillor Tim Sergeant warned on November 27 that the entire province's water was heavily polluted with human fecal bacteria – and that the entire city and its millions of people were ‘sitting on a cholera time-bomb’. Millions of people relying on the water-reticulation services from the city of Johannesburg, were at great risk of coming down with cholera and other dangerous gastric diseases, he warned. “This cholera-time bomb is threatening at least ten-million residents of Gauteng, he warned. see
Picture: Zoo Lake:its beauty hides massive levels of human fecal pollution..
Tim Sergeant warned in November that ‘by the time the warning-signs become evident, i.e. when cholera is already being identified in hospitals, it's already far too late. This problem of heavy, dangerous water pollution in the Johannesburg catchment area has already existed for years and will take years to clean up...'
He spoke in response to that month’s environmental report-back about the city water's bacterial- and chemical contents, as measured in the Klip- and Jukskei rivers. These rivers form part of the Vaal-river water catchment area -- which is the only fresh-water resource for the entire province. The report warned that at least 22% of the test-sites showed dangerously high levels of fecal bacterial counts, and that the rest of the counts also were ‘unacceptably high’. In other words, all the water is polluted with human faeces around the greater Johannesburg area. And Pretoria also tables identical reports.
Mother nature is kicking us back…
"High fecal bacterial counts are caused 99% of the time by sewerage waste, i.e. the raw sewerage is ending up in our drinking water. And that's the greatest cause of any cholera epidemic,' warned Sergeant. The ANC of course disagreed with him, bleating on about socio-economic conditions… thus the debate continues, and none of the broken-down municipal sewerage plants get fixed. The white engineers remain unemployed living in their backyard shanties, while the country is being plunged into a growing cholera epidemic.
- ‘These bacterial counts are high all around greater Johannesburg - without fail. It's the unacceptably high level of Escherichia Coli (E.coli) which worries us the most. This causes cholera and other forms of deadly diarrhea, dehydration, typhoid fever -- all deadly. Nature is kicking up against this unbridled growth (of illegal squatter camps). "No environment will allow itself to be messed about like this without consequences,' Sergeant warned.
Some of the highest danger zones include some of Johannesburg's most upmarket areas such as the Randburg-waterfront, Kya Sands, Chartwell, Hornbill Street in Douglasdale, the Braamfonteinspruit near the Parkview-golf course. One of the worst-polluted places are the Fourways Gardens- and the Glen Austin-estates, the hugely popular Zoo Lake, and the once so pristine Sandspruit, which used to house the largest colonies of weaver-birds: the highest fecal counts were measured at the upperclass suburb of Buccleuch. The raw sewerage clearly is simply being poured into the Sandspruit from the water-reticulation plants… See one of the more ridiculous Marxist-style ‘People Action solutions' to clean up Zoo lake here
East Cape 2003: cholera outbreak after all the pigs were killed due to swine-fever…
An early-warning was already sounded in the Eastern Cape province in 2003 -- and things have gotten much worse since then. See story here: Three years later - although the province clearly had plenty of time and huge dollops of cash to improve matters, things were even worse and people started dying of cholera again: see the province's official report here: And by 2008, with millions of Rands ‘allocated to eradicate poverty by installing water-reticulation systems’ – things are even worse, although its being blamed on ‘foreign travellers’ instead: see
- Parliamentarian Stan Simmons already rang the alarm clock for the Eastern Cape in January 2003 -- warning that the government was being 'reactionary' instead of 'pro-active' when it came to the prevention of cholera.
The East Cape districts around East London and Port Elizabeth had asked for financial help to prevent and help clean up the heavy fecal pollution in their drinking water.
However the government dragged its feet so long to allocate the funds, that another cholera epidemic broke out in January that year - killing nine people and infecting 100 – and those are the spindoctored statistics. Simmons also urged the government to phase out the 'bucket toilet system' which was a major cause of fecal pollution of the ground-water. They were emptying out their night-soil into their own drinking water.
African Swine Fever’s link to cholera epidemics:
Another major cause of the cholera outbreak in the following years however was an outbreak of swine fever among the tribal pig herds: tribal pigs clean up the human feces left lying around the huts, and when the government decided to eradicate the entire herd of 161,000 pigs to stop the African Swine Fever from spreading to commercial farms, another cholera outbreak occurred, according the Independent Democrats’ Chief Whip Lance Greyling .
“Pig farming plays a vital role in the rural economy of the old Transkei – they are firstly a store of wealth, which people consider as their banks and, secondly, in areas where there are no sewerage systems, the pigs eat the waste. What happens when you kill pigs in this kind of environment is that you get faecal run-off into the rivers, leading to outbreaks of cholera and typhoid,’ says Greyling.‘Pig farming therefore plays a vital role in both the economy and the ecosystem of the area.’ See
Standard test for cholera developed – finally
Meanwhile the SA Bureau of Standards also announced that a standardised cholera-test was developed. Roy Roos of the SABC said this would ‘allow laboratoria countrywide to compare their cholera-readings’. Before this, each lab just sort of used its own criteria apparently -- very scientific! See