Makuleke Dam

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Makuleke Dam
Official name Makuleke Dam
Location Limpopo, South Africa
Coordinates 22°52′3″S 30°54′8″E / 22.86750°S 30.90222°E / -22.86750; 30.90222Coordinates: 22°52′3″S 30°54′8″E / 22.86750°S 30.90222°E / -22.86750; 30.90222
Opening date 1990
Operator(s) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dam earth-fill
Impounds Mphongolo River
Height 19.7 metres (65 ft)
Length 990 metres (3,250 ft)
Creates Makuleke Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 13,000,000 cubic metres (460,000,000 cu ft)
Catchment area 180 km2
Surface area 75 hectares (190 acres)

Makuleke Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Mphongolo River, a tributary of the Shingwedzi River. It is located near Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa. The dam was established in 1990 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked significant (2).

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