Nandoni Dam, Thohoyandou
|Official name||Nandoni Dam|
|Location||Limpopo, South Africa|
|Operator(s)||Department of Water Affairs and Forestry|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||earth-fill, concrete|
|Height||43 metres (141 ft)|
|Length||2,215 metres (7,267 ft)|
|Creates||Nandoni Dam Reservoir|
|Total capacity||164,000,000 cubic metres (5.8×109 cu ft)|
|Catchment area||1380 km2|
|Surface area||1,570 hectares (3,900 acres)|
Nandoni Dam (Nandoni meaning "the iron smelting ovens" in Venda language), previously known as the Mutoti Dam, is an earth-fill/concrete type dam in Limpopo province, South Africa. It is located on the Luvuvhu River near the villages of ha-Mutoti and ha-Budeli and ha-Mphego just a few kilometres from Thohoyandou in the district of Vhembe. The dam serves primarily for water supply and its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).
The Luvuvhu river follows a course along the southern edge of the Zoutpansberg and eventually joins the Limpopo River in the far northern corner of the Kruger National Park on the border between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Serious droughts during the early 1990s, when numerous boreholes in Venda and Gazankulu failed and consequently drinking water had to be delivered by tankers, led the Department of Water Affairs to investigate the feasibility of providing a steady water supply to the region.
The estimated cost of the Nandoni Dam was R373,3 million. Communities living in the basin of the dam were directly affected by the scheme. The inhabitants of Budeli, Mulenzhe, Tshiulongoma and Dididi have relocated to new houses built by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. The relocation applied to approximately 400 families.
- List of South African Dams from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (South Africa)
- Nandoni Game Park, Resort and Golf Estate
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