Overdue Clanwilliam Dam project will boost local economy, says Agri Western Cape

Agri Western Cape has welcomed the long overdue construction on the Clanwilliam Dam wall, which will finally start on Monday.

Minister of Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti says he will turn the first sod in a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

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

The CEO at Agri Western Cape, Carl Opperman, says the department has been dragging its feet for years and claims that the budget for the project vanished.

Opperman says the project could have helped assist farmers who were hard-hit by the severe drought, had it been completed sooner.

He claims the increased dam capacity will boost the economy of the area.

Between 4 000 and 5000 additional hectares of land will be under irrigation. He says this will lead to additional jobs and extra produce.

The preparatory work was done years ago, including the rerouting of the N7 that would have been flooded otherwise once the wall had been raised.

A completion date has not yet been confirmed.

This should have been done two, three years ago.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

The ministers and the Department of Water Affairs was just dragging their feet and the money allocated just vanished.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

If the dam was in place, we could have helped the farmers in the severe drought that we had.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

In the dry period we had, when the die was basically zero, it was a perfect time to do the construction. Now it's the first dam in the Western Cape that's 100% full.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Overdue Clanwilliam Dam project will boost local economy, says Agri Western Cape


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

No layovers? World's longest flight from Singapore to NYC may open 'new market'

No layovers? World's longest flight from Singapore to NYC may open 'new market'

Airline guru Linden Birns says the direct flight opens up a new market of passengers who are willing to pay to avoid long delays.

Striking MyCiti drivers don't want to be outsourced, demand jobs with City of CT

Striking MyCiti drivers don't want to be outsourced, demand jobs with City of CT

Drivers are demanding better working conditions and an end to outsourcing, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

Tito Mboweni, Pik Botha, VBS and Floyd Shivambu - no holds barred on The Debrief

Tito Mboweni, Pik Botha, VBS and Floyd Shivambu - no holds barred on The Debrief

Politician Lindiwe Mazibuko, economist Refilwe Moloto, and journalist Rose Rogers have discussed the biggest topics this week.

Anti-gang unit will remain in CT communities as long as needed, says Saps

Anti-gang unit will remain in CT communities as long as needed, says Saps

Cape Flats residents are concerned that once the intervention unit leaves the community that crime will pick up again.

[LISTEN] Cancer group raising money to connect to Xhosa speakers

[LISTEN] Cancer group raising money to connect to Xhosa speakers

The organisation created a page on BackaBuddy to raise R100 000 to extend their service offering to Xhosa speakers.

Popular articles
Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nkayi about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

The VhaVenda King's spokesperson Mathivha Makonde says the King is calling on authorities to help him correct the wrong.

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journalists Karyn Maughan and Erin Bates provide insights into the state capture inquiry.

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

Professor Justus Hofmeyr says there are a number of reasons why the number of c-sections has doubled.