13 January 2009 – Work on the Medupi power station was halted last week when workers on the site began showing symptoms similar to those of cholera infection.

Initially, 15 workers showed symptoms on the Thursday afternoon, but by Friday more than 60 workers had all become sick.

Eskom spokesperson, Fani Zulu said that tests were being done to the water near the site to determine if the outbreak was in fact cholera.  He noted that the symptoms could also be those of food poisoning.  He said however, that the utility was taking a ‘cautious’ approach and would await the results of the tests before reopening the site.

Once complete, Medupi will be the largest dry-cooled power station in the world.