Nqweba Dam

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Nqweba (org. van Ryneveld's Pass) Dam
Official name Nqweba Dam
Location South Africa
Coordinates 32°14′08″S 24°31′40″E / 32.23556°S 24.52778°E / -32.23556; 24.52778Coordinates: 32°14′08″S 24°31′40″E / 32.23556°S 24.52778°E / -32.23556; 24.52778
Opening date 1925
Operator(s) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dam earth-fill
Impounds Sondags River
Height 46 m
Length 357 m
Creates Nqweba Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 46 369 000 m³
Catchment area 3 668 km2
Surface area 1 028.5 ha

Nqweba Dam (previously known as Vanryneveld's Pass Dam), is an earth-fill type dam located on the Sundays River, near Graaff Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1925. The dam has a capacity of 46,369,000 cubic metres (1.6375×109 cu ft), and a surface area of 10.285 square kilometres (3.971 sq mi), the wall is 46 metres (151 ft), and is 357 metres (1,171 ft) long. Once an irrigation dam, it now mainly serves to supply potable water for domestic and industrial use to the residents and businesses of Graaff-Reinet. Its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).

See also[edit]


  • List of South African Dams from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (South Africa)