Mokolo Dam

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Mokolo Dam
Official nameMokolo Dam
LocationLimpopo, South Africa
Coordinates23°58′30″S 27°43′1″E / 23.97500°S 27.71694°E / -23.97500; 27.71694Coordinates: 23°58′30″S 27°43′1″E / 23.97500°S 27.71694°E / -23.97500; 27.71694
Opening date1980
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damrockfill
ImpoundsMokolo River
Height55 metres (180 ft)
Length525 metres (1,722 ft)
CreatesMokolo Dam Reservoir
Total capacity146,000,000 cubic metres (5.2×109 cu ft)
Surface area828.8 hectares (2,048 acres)

Mokolo Dam (previously known as the Hans Strijdom Dam) is a rock-fill type dam located on the Mokolo River, near Lephalale, Limpopo, South Africa. It was established in 1980.[1] The Malmanies River and the Bulspruit River, two tributaries of the Mokolo, also enter the dam from its left side. The dam supplies water to Lephalale town. The dam mainly serves for municipal and industrial purposes and its hazard potentials has been ranked high (3).

The dam supplies the Lephalale area, Grootgeluk coal mine, Matimba power station and part of the water requirements of Medupi power station.[2][3]

The Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve is located by the eastern and southern sides of the dam. The shoreline of the dam is heavily infested with Phragmites reeds.[4]

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  1. ^ List of South African Dams from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (South Africa)
  2. ^ "Water supply ready for Medupi TCTA". Fin24. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  3. ^ "LETTER: Ample water available". Business Day Live. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  4. ^ State of Rivers Report: the Mokolo River

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