The raising of the Clanwilliam Dam wall on the Olifants River in the Western…

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The raising of the Clanwilliam Dam wall on the Olifants River in the Western…

The raising of the Clanwilliam Dam wall on the Olifants River in the Western Cape is due to start on Monday. The project follows years of delays and allegations of corruption. The dam is important for agriculture production in the area. The area was one of the hardest hit by the drought in the province. Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti will attend a sod turning ceremony in the area to mark the start of construction. The R2.5bn project will raise the dam wall by 13 metres. This will double the dam’s capacity and provide enough water to irrigate a further 5 000 hectares of farm land. The dam is now one-hundred-percent full in its current capacity. Its sluice gates were opened recently to allow water to gush out benefiting the local community. The dam was built in 1935 and in 1969 it was raised by 6 metres to its current level.

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