Nqweba Dam

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Nqweba (org. van Ryneveld's Pass) Dam
Official nameNqweba Dam
LocationSouth Africa
Coordinates32°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 date1925
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of damearth-fill
ImpoundsSondags River
Height46 m
Length357 m
CreatesNqweba Dam Reservoir
Total capacity46 369 000 m³
Catchment area3 668 km2
Surface area1 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)