Kruisrivier an area to take note of

2015-07-30 06:01

The Kruisrivier Industrial Area in Uitenhage, next to the Swartkops River is known for its various industries.

Few people are aware that in geological terms it is part of The Uitenhage Artesian Basin (UAB) which is South Africa’s most important artesian groundwater basin.

Kruisrivier actually is not a river, but the region where the Elands River meets the Swartkops River. This groundwater basin supplies water for domestic use to Uitenhage, as well as supporting irrigation schemes and industries.

The industrial area includes from engineering companies, a plant of one of South Africa’s largest chicken producers, a leather tannery and leather furniture manufacturer, one of South Africa’s well-known manufacturers of custom limousines and hearses, various motor component manufacturers to the Uitenhage SPCA and various other businesses.

The present-day UAB was an open basin in the Jurassic period (120 million years ago), ringed by mountains to the north, south and west. (Resource: SRK Consulting Engineers and Scientists)

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