Cholera bacteria found in Port Alfred water

2013-01-18 09:45

Johannesburg - A strain of the bacteria that causes cholera has been found in floodwater and soil samples in Port Alfred's Medolino valley in the Eastern Cape, according to a report on Friday.

Rhodes University pharmaceutical biochemistry research scientist Roman Tandlich found vibrio cholerae among other bacteria in samples he took in November, The Herald Online reported.

He did the tests after residents concerned about polluted floodwater approached him.

His initial tests found an e.coli count of more than 100 000 cells per 100ml in water sample from the flooded area covering 17.2ha.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-18 10:10

    NO maintainance, no checks on water pollution, the list could go on. This is what we have to live with - a totally incompetent goverment ie THE ANC!!!

  • jason.wolff3 - 2013-01-18 10:41

    I was there in December it is like going back in time. You can't drink the water. The water supply will fail for days on end and the roads are in total disarray. Such a beautiful town going to the dogs because of the ANC.

      beverly.young3 - 2013-01-18 11:33

      Ah but we are all but back to normal now. I get so angry at headlines like this. ONLY THE water, around the caravan park is infected. That is beacuse the sewers flooded. NO ONE drinks that water. It has nothing to do with the normal water flow in the town. eish

  • gkleingeld - 2013-01-18 10:58

    Maybe they should go look at the water in Witbank, actual visual particals of dirt in the tap water. One by one the municipalities of the ANC are crumbling under the titanic weight of their corruption and incompetence!!!!!

  • gladness - 2013-01-18 11:24

    Make the metro staff drink the water.

      beverly.young3 - 2013-01-18 11:36

      LOL! we tried that once, we challenged the town manager to drink a glass of water from the normal tap, and he refused. Anyway, ina few months we have an amazing new product that we are introducing that can clear water in milliseconds!! Port Alfred will be probably the first town in ZA to have this. Watch this space.

  • Xolani Njecana - 2014-06-04 16:37

    Let us not politicise the water issue. We must appreciate the work of the researchers from Rhodes University. The water issue in Port Alfred is emanated even during the dark days of apartheid. People are still drinking sour water. Why are we blaming the ruling party. The ruling party has nothing to do with water. Instead of blaming each other, lets work on the system of producing healthy water.

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