Spioenkop Dam

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Spioenkop Dam
Spioenkop Dam-001.jpg
Spioenkop Dam seen from the R600 road
Spioenkop Dam is located in South Africa
Spioenkop Dam
Location of Spioenkop Dam in South Africa
Official name Spioenkop Dam
Country South Africa
Location KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates 28°40′52″S 29°31′01″E / 28.681°S 29.517°E / -28.681; 29.517Coordinates: 28°40′52″S 29°31′01″E / 28.681°S 29.517°E / -28.681; 29.517
Purpose Irrigation
Opening date 1972
Owner(s) Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earth fill dam
Impounds Tugela River
Height 53 m
Reservoir
Creates Spioenkop Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 272,265 megalitres (272.265 hm3)
Catchment area 2,452 square kilometres (947 sq mi)
Surface area 15.314 km2

Spioenkop Dam impounds the Tugela River in KwaZulu-Natal. It is located within a nature reserve by the same name. The dam was commissioned in 1972, has a capacity of 272,265 cubic metres (9,614,900 cu ft), and a surface area of 15.314 square kilometres (5.913 sq mi), the dam wall is 53 metres (174 ft) high. Spion Kop (hill) is located 2.5 km to the north of the dam.

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