Spitskop Dam

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Spitskop Dam
Official nameSpitskop Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationNorth of Kimberley in the Northern Cape province.
Coordinates28°07′24″S 24°30′07″E / 28.1232°S 24.502°E / -28.1232; 24.502Coordinates: 28°07′24″S 24°30′07″E / 28.1232°S 24.502°E / -28.1232; 24.502
Opening date1975 (renovated 1989)
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsHarts River
Height16 m
Length900 m
CreatesSpitskop Dam Reservoir
Total capacity57 887 000 m3
Catchment area26 922 km2
Surface area2509 ha

Spitskop Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Harts River in the Northern Cape Province north of the city of Kimberley in South Africa. It was established in 1975 and rebuilt in 1989 after breaching during a flood in 1988. It has a full capacity of 57.887 million cubic meters of water and serves primarily for irrigation purposes.[1] The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Department of Water Affairs