Kouga Dam

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Kouga DAM
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Kouga Dam
Kouga Dam is located in Eastern Cape
Kouga Dam
Location of Kouga DAM in South Africa Eastern Cape
Official name Kouga Dam
Country South Africa
Location Patensie, Kouga Local Municipality, Cacadu District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province
Coordinates 33°44′26″S 24°35′16″E / 33.7406°S 24.5877°E / -33.7406; 24.5877Coordinates: 33°44′26″S 24°35′16″E / 33.7406°S 24.5877°E / -33.7406; 24.5877
Purpose Irrigation
Status Operational
Construction began 1957
Opening date 1969
Operator(s) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dam arch
Impounds Kouga River
Height 94.5 m (310 ft)
Length 202 m (663 ft)
Dam volume 268,000 m3 (351,000 cu yd)
Creates Kouga Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 133,000,000 m3 (4.7×109 cu ft)
Catchment area 388,700 ha (960,000 acres)
Surface area 555 ha (1,370 acres)
Power station
Name Kouga Dam Power Station
Commission date Mothballed
Type Conventional
Turbines 3 x 1.2 MW
Installed capacity 3.6 MW (4,800 hp)[1]

The Kouga Dam (formerly: Paul Sauer Dam prior to 1995[2]) is an arch dam on the Kouga River about 21 km (13 mi) west of Patensie in Kouga Local Municipality, South Africa. It supplies irrigation water to the Kouga and Gamtoos valleys as well as drinking water to the Port Elizabeth metropolitan area via the Loerie Balancing Dam.[3] It was constructed between 1957 and 1969.[4]

The dam can be accessed by following the R330 and then the R331 from the N2 at Humansdorp. All but the last 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) is tarred road and there is a short tunnel just before the dam wall.

Kouga Dam Power Station[edit]

There are three 1200 kVA hydroelectric turbines at the base of the dam, but they are currently not in use.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kouga Dam". Gamtoos Tourism. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "FRESH WATER and MARINE RESOURCES". Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Kouga Dam". inniKloof. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kouga Dam – serving the fertile Gamtoos valley" (PDF). The Water Wheel. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 

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