Clanwilliam Dam costs soars to R2.5bn

2014-07-15 18:57
A model of the proposed Clanwilliam Dam wall. (Picture: Sapa)

A model of the proposed Clanwilliam Dam wall. (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The cost of raising the Clanwilliam Dam wall in the Western Cape has apparently increased again.

"The raising of the Clanwilliam Dam will commence in October this year, at an estimated cost of R2.5bn," newly appointed Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told MPs on Tuesday, opening debate in Parliament on her department's budget.

However, according to the 2014 Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE), tabled in February this year by then finance minister Pravin Gordhan, the total estimated budget for the project was R2.2bn.

This figure itself was 22% higher than the R1.8bn given in the previous year's budget.

The estimates document attributes the first rise in costs - from R1.8bn to R2.2bn - to "cost adjustments made due to the delays in finalising the design and changes in the scope of the work".

The latest apparent rise announced by Mokonyane, to R2.5bn, means costs have gone up a further R300m over the past five months.

Contacted for comment on Tuesday, the department of water affairs could not explain the discrepancy between the R2.2bn figure in the ENE document, and the R2.5bn figure given to the House by Mokonyane.

"We need to verify where the R2.5bn figure came from," national water resources infrastructure deputy director general Zandile Mathe told Sapa.

She said the total cost of the project included construction of the raised dam wall - an amount of R1.8bn - plus additional costs involving, among other things, the expropriation of land around the new reservoir, and the cost of realigning the adjacent national road.

One of the government's so-called mega infrastructure projects, the Clanwilliam Dam, is located in the middle reaches of the Olifants River in the Western Cape.

Mokonyane said on Tuesday that raising the wall "will also include dam safety measures to ensure the stability of the embankment".

The safety of the existing wall has been a matter of concern for some years, due to what the estimates document in February described as "distortion" in the structure.

It is understood the wall will be raised by 13m, providing an additional 70 million cubic metres of water a year to downstream farmers.

Work started last year on re-aligning the adjacent N7 national road, parts of which will be flooded by the rise in the reservoir.

Construction is expected to create about 650 temporary jobs in the local economy.

A 1:100 scale model of the completed project was on display at Parliament on Tuesday.

Read more on:    nomvula mokonyane  |  pravin gordhan  |  cape town  |  parliament 2014  |  water

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

/Dewani Trial

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?


Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.