Two major dams near completion

2013-05-21 18:31

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Cape Town - The De Hoop Dam in Limpopo is close to completion and water is now flowing into the cofferdam, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.

"The dam is currently 17% full, with approximately 58.6 million cubic metres of water stored," she told reporters at Parliament on Tuesday, ahead of debate in the National Assembly on her department's 2013/14 budget.

The De Hoop Dam, part of the Olifants River water resources development project, will supply water mainly to the mining industry in the Steelpoort area.

Molewa said work on the first pipeline connecting the water treatment works at Steelpoort to the dam had started, "and is expected to be complete by September next year".

By July this year, certain areas around the town of Jane Furse would start to receive water from the dam.

"The pipeline to Sekuruwe in the Waterberg and Pruissen in the Capricorn area is also planned to start this year."

The project, which had cost the government more than R4.5bn, would benefit more than two million people in the Sekhukhune, Capricorn, and Waterberg areas, she said.

Significant progress had also been made on the Spring Grove Dam in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The first water storage... started in March this year," Molewa said.

Responding to a question, she said work on raising the wall of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape, which was delayed for a year, would start in August.

"We are on course; construction will start around August this year," she said, adding that work on changing the course of the N7 national road was currently underway.

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