Makuleke Dam

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Makuleke Dam
Official nameMakuleke Dam
LocationLimpopo, South Africa
Coordinates22°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 date1990
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of damearth-fill
ImpoundsMphongolo River
Height19.7 metres (65 ft)
Length990 metres (3,250 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesMakuleke Dam Reservoir
Total capacity13,000,000 cubic metres (460,000,000 cu ft)
Catchment area180 km2
Surface area75 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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