South Africa ‚at risk of cholera‘ writes the BBC:
„A leading South African scientist has warned that gross underinvestment in water management has left it at risk of a cholera outbreak.“ … Investment in South Africa’s water quality has fallen sharply since the 1980s, Decades of mining for gold and other minerals has left much of the water supply heavily polluted with heavy metals and other pollutants, Many municipalities across South Africa have no qualified engineers.
In the decades since the 1980s, spending on treatment works, pump stations, reservoirs and other items has fallen sharply. … This fall, says Mr Turton, was matched by a skills shortage. Qualified engineers, most of whom were white, were not replaced by younger, men and women. Many are now close to retirement age, and younger whites, says Mr Turton, have been discouraged by affirmative action and many have simply left the country.
The Financial Times reports: „South Africa returns to fight against Aids“, which is laudable:
Harvard University scholars estimate that the policies of Thabo Mbeki, the previous president, were responsible for 365,000 additional deaths as people were denied anti-retroviral drugs and other treatment. It is nine years since Mr Mbeki began his catastrophic embrace of dissident scientists who denied that HIV causes Aids, while his health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, espoused herbal remedies and traditional healers instead of conventional medicine.
“It’s transactional sex, the sugar daddy syndrome,” said Zwelinzima Vavi, head of Cosatu, the trade union federation, before vanishing into a booth to take an HIV test to mark World Aids Day on Monday. “Infection is not slowing . . . We are going deeper and deeper into a holocaust.”
A culture of obstruction remains. “What used to happen was that [the health ministry] would get all the money they need but they’d never spend it,” said Alan Whiteside, an expert in health economics at the university of KwaZulu-Natal.