Marico-Bosveld Dam

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Marico-Bosveld Dam
Official nameMarico-Bosveld Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationNorth West
Coordinates25°28′5″S 26°23′0″E / 25.46806°S 26.38333°E / -25.46806; 26.38333Coordinates: 25°28′5″S 26°23′0″E / 25.46806°S 26.38333°E / -25.46806; 26.38333
Opening date1933
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damHomogenous earth-fill
ImpoundsMarico River
Height27 metres (89 ft)
Length1,695 metres (5,561 ft)
CreatesMarico-Bosveld Dam Reservoir
Total capacity27,813,000 cubic metres (982,200,000 cu ft)
Catchment area1228 km2
Surface area430.7 hectares (1,064 acres)

Marico-Bosveld Dam is a homogenous earth-fill type dam located on the Marico River, near Groot Marico, North West, South Africa. The dam was established in 1933 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

The dam was built during the Great Depression of 1933. 75% of the labour was white and 25% was black. The dam was built to provide work and income to people at the time.

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