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Sol Plaatje Dam

Sol Plaatje Dam (or Saulspoort Dam) is an earth-fill type dam located at the confluence of the As and Liebenbergsvlei Rivers near Bethlehem, Free State, South Africa. It was established in 1968 and serves mainly for municipal and domestic water supply. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high. The reservoir receives water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project via the As River.

Sol Plaatje Dam
The reservoir's western or As River inflow
Official nameSol Plaatje Dam (previously: Saulspoort Dam)
LocationFree State, South Africa
Coordinates28°13′01″S28°21′47″E /28.21694°S 28.36306°E /-28.21694; 28.36306Coordinates: 28°13′01″S28°21′47″E /28.21694°S 28.36306°E /-28.21694; 28.36306
Opening date1968
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of damearth-fill
ImpoundsAs River, Liebenbergsvlei River
Height19 metres (62 ft)
Length70 metres (230 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesSol Plaatje Dam Reservoir
Total capacity15,676,000 cubic metres (553,600,000 cu ft)
Surface area356 hectares (880 acres)

Originally known as Saulspoort Dam, it was officially renamed on 1 April 2005, recalling the bus disaster which took place there in the early hours of 1 May 2003, when 51 passengers, en route to a Workers Day rally, were drowned. 41 of the workers were employees of the Sol Plaatje Municipality (Kimberley).


Sol Plaatje Dam
Sol Plaatje Dam Language Watch Edit Sol Plaatje Dam or Saulspoort Dam is an earth fill type dam located at the confluence of the As and Liebenbergsvlei Rivers near Bethlehem Free State South Africa It was established in 1968 and serves mainly for municipal and domestic water supply The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high The reservoir receives water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project via the As River Sol Plaatje DamThe reservoir s western or As River inflowOfficial nameSol Plaatje Dam previously Saulspoort Dam LocationFree State South AfricaCoordinates28 13 01 S 28 21 47 E 28 21694 S 28 36306 E 28 21694 28 36306 Coordinates 28 13 01 S 28 21 47 E 28 21694 S 28 36306 E 28 21694 28 36306Opening date1968Operator s Department of Water Affairs and ForestryDam and spillwaysType of damearth fillImpoundsAs River Liebenbergsvlei RiverHeight19 metres 62 ft Length70 metres 230 ft ReservoirCreatesSol Plaatje Dam ReservoirTotal capacity15 676 000 cubic metres 553 600 000 cu ft Surface area356 hectares 880 acres Originally known as Saulspoort Dam it was officially renamed on 1 April 2005 1 recalling the bus disaster which took place there in the early hours of 1 May 2003 when 51 passengers en route to a Workers Day rally were drowned 41 of the workers were employees of the Sol Plaatje Municipality Kimberley 2 See also EditList of reservoirs and dams in South Africa List of rivers of South AfricaReferences Edit Government Gazette REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA Vol 478 Pretoria 1 April 2005 No 27408 retrieved 16 Aug 2013 Drama at bus tragedy service News24 com 5 May 2003 retrieved 16 Aug 2013External lists EditList of South African Dams from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry South Africa This article about a dam or floodgate in South Africa is a stub You can help Wikipedia by expanding it vte Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sol Plaatje Dam amp oldid 846266908, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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