Marico-Bosveld Dam

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Marico-Bosveld Dam
Official name Marico-Bosveld Dam
Country South Africa
Location North West
Coordinates 25°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
Purpose Irrigation
Opening date 1933
Owner(s) Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Homogenous earth-fill
Impounds Groot Marico River
Height 27 metres (89 ft)
Length 1,695 metres (5,561 ft)
Creates Marico-Bosveld Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 27,813,000 cubic metres (982,200,000 cu ft)
Catchment area 1228 km2
Surface area 430.7 hectares (1,064 acres)

Marico-Bosveld Dam is a homogenous earth-fill type dam located on the Groot 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 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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