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Good news for Western Cape: Clanwilliam Dam construction finally set to begin

By: Melanie Gosling - 4 October 2018

Construction on the Clanwilliam Dam wall is set to start in October 2018 after years of delays and allegations of corruption.

Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced on Thursday, 4 October 2018, that he would "turn the first sod" in a ceremony that would mark the start of construction.

The R2.5bn project will raise the dam wall by 13m, which would double its capacity and provide enough additional water to irrigate a further 5 000ha of farmland.

It will create an opportunity for the expansion of high-value export crops and stimulate economic growth in the region.

The land is likely to be used to accommodate emerging commercial farmers.

The bigger dam will also increase the amount of water available to local municipalities in an area that has been savaged by a three-year drought.

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