Take a walk on the historical side

2015-09-10 06:00
The Kouga Dam nestles like a silent giant just 26km’s out of Patensie.

The Kouga Dam nestles like a silent giant just 26km’s out of Patensie. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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TAKE a walk on the historical side, capture the moment on camera and stand the chance of winning an unforgettable breakaway.

Tourism is what makes the Kouga go around, and locals are being encouraged to join in and explore what it is that keeps international visitors coming back time and again. The Kouga Local Tourism Office, in conjunction with the Kouga Express, will pay tribute to the region’s rich heritage and the great strides which the tourism industry has made to be recognised as a key economic driver in the region - all in celebration of Tourism Month and Heritage Day.

Each week for the month of September the Kouga Express will publish an article highlighting some of the best historical tourist attractions in the Kouga. First under the spotlight is the Kouga Dam which nestles like a silent giant just 26km’s out of Patensie. One imagines God scooped out the rich red earth of the valley so as to help the genius engineers in the not so humble task of creating this man- made wonder that is the Kouga Dam.

Take a slow meandering drive to the dam and see if you can spot Queen Victoria’s bust in the conglomerate of cliffs along the Gamtoos River - you can only see it from the west, so you need to stop and look back.

The Kouga Dam is the lifeblood of the valley, which irrigates most of the farmland. Initially called the Paul Sauer Dam, it also supplies Port Elizabeth with most of its water.

Construction of the dam began in 1957 and it was officially opened in 1969. The dam is a double curvature arch dam 82m high with a storage capacity of 128,7 million m3. Provision was made in the design to allow for a future raising of the water 1evel by some 15,2 m. The construction of the wall marked the beginning of an era of double curvature arch dams in South Africa. Besides the normal central overspill section, flood-control sluice gates with chute spillways were provided on the left flank.


To enter, take a photo of any historical site in the Kouga region and send it to kougaexp@media24.com before noon on September 30. The photo must be accompanied by a short description of the specific site, the date the photo was taken and contact details of the sender. All photos received, will be uploaded onto our Facebook Page - Kouga Express Newspaper. For more information, contact Monique Basson at 042 293 2973

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