Vaal dam water

Flowing dam water levels. Image:

The Clanwilliam Dam wall is set to be completed in 2023

National roads are being rerouted to fit this new dam wall.

Vaal dam water

Flowing dam water levels. Image:

The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam wall is expected to reach completion in March 2023. This was revealed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation on Tuesday.

“Construction was long over due”

“Considering that the feasibility study for the project was completed over a decade ago, construction is long overdue. I welcome this development as a necessary step to meet the Western Cape’s growing water demand and to stimulate increased agricultural activity and job creation in the region.

I also welcome the establishment of the Olifants-Doorn Integrated Coordinating Committee to ensure the fair distribution of water rights in the area.”

Andricus van der Westhuizen, MP

This new dam wall will cost R3,5 billion

The Clanwilliam Dam was originally structured in 1935 and needed intensive handiwork work to further maintain the integrity of the infrastructure. The project will cost an estimated R3,5 billion and the refurbished dam wall will be raised by 13m over the next four years.

“I will be meeting with the Provincial Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell. As well as the Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer, to determine how the Western Cape Government intends on capitalising on the augmented water supply to attract investment, create jobs, and develop the surrounding municipalities accordingly.”

Andricus van der Westhuizen, MP

National roads will be rerouted to better fit the new dam wall

Roads and construction will have to be rerouted so that the construction of this wall can be substantial. A Memorandum of Understanding between the National Department of Water and Sanitation and the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works is in the process of this effect.  

The N7 National Route has been relocated as part of the first phase of the construction process.

The raising of the secondary provincial roads will be affected by the full supply level in the dam basin to be completed by the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works.

Cape Town dam levels

The Cape Town dam levels have been rapidly booming and are getting closer to the celebrated 90% mark. The Western Cape, however, will need a great storm to push numbers over the edge but the progress of Theewaterskloof dam has also increased during this winter season.

“31 October is the end of the hydrological cycle for Cape Town. This is the appropriate period to make decisions regarding restriction levels without pre-empting decisions, that may impact on dams levels during the next or future yearly hydrological cycles.”

City of Cape Town