Sandile Dam

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Sandile Dam
Official nameSandile Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationKeiskammahoek, Eastern Cape
Coordinates32°42′42″S 27°6′28″E / 32.71167°S 27.10778°E / -32.71167; 27.10778Coordinates: 32°42′42″S 27°6′28″E / 32.71167°S 27.10778°E / -32.71167; 27.10778
PurposeIrrigation
Opening date1983
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damzoned embankment
ImpoundsKeiskamma River
Height58 metres (190 ft)
Length760 metres (2,490 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesSandile Dam Reservoir
Total capacity30,960,000 cubic metres (1.093×109 cu ft)
Catchment area348 km2
Surface area146 hectares (360 acres)

Sandile Dam is a zoned embankment dam located on the Keiskamma River Ezingcuka near Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1983 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

The dam was named in honour of King Sandile, once the reigning king of the Rharhabe sub-group of the Xhosa nation.

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