At the Sod Turning Ceremony with the spillway construction site behind them are from left; Melvin Koopman – Superintendent: Water Purification, George Municipality; Michael Bennett – Sharples Environmental Services; Henry Jansen – Deputy Director: Water and Sanitation, George Municipality; Mark Rennie – Khubeka Construction: Owner; John Sharples – Sharples Environmental Services; Alan Shelly - Aurecon (APP); Niel van der Westhuizen – Aurecon; Portfolio Councillor for Civil Engineering Services, Mxolisi Nyakati; Gerrit Goliath – Superintendent: Water Purification, George Municipality; Executive Mayor Melvin Naik; Piet Erasmus – Aurecon Project Director; Lindsay Mooiman - Deputy Director: PMU, Infrastructure Planning and Support Services, George Municipality; Adrian van Molendorff - Manager: Projects, George Municipality; Regenald Wesso – Director: Civil Engineering Services, George Municipality; Rifaat Olivier – ISHS and Andre Krige – Aurecon

Executive Mayor, Melvin Naik today officially opened the construction site for the raising of the Garden Route Dam spillway project with a Sod Turning ceremony.  The construction works on the dam wall and spillway area started on 13th May this year.

model spillway design
The model spillway design which was tested at the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Hydraulic Laboratory

“This is a first for George and the Western Cape, the project design is unique and I would like to thank all role-players within George Municipality and externally who started with the planning of this project as far back as December 2008. Given the uncertain impact of climate change and the future expansion of George, I am excited about this project which is part of the Grow George initiative, increasing the storage capacity of this precious resource is a positive step for the future development of George. I wish only success to the project and everyone involved here today,” said Naik.

The dam’s full supply level will be raised by 2.5 metres, which will increase the total storage capacity of the dam by approximately 25%.  The current weir height is 179,94m with a volume capacity of about 10.0 million cubic metres.  The new weir height will be 182,5m with a storage capacity of approximately 12,5 million cubic metres. The construction period is still estimated to be ten months from time of contractual commencement and the site and an extended surrounding area remains closed to the public for safety reasons. The  fill for the raising of the dam wall will be excavated on the MTO/NMU side of the dam and transported to the construction site and it is expected that approximately 13 000 cubic meters of material will be transported.

Construction site

The new spillway will be approximately 80m in length and varies between 3.7m to 4.7m in height (above existing ground levels) and approximately 400 to 600mm thick at the top of new spillway wall. Hydraulic testing on the spillway design was done at the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) Hydraulic Laboratory in November 2017 and was undertaken to substantiate the computer modelling simulation undertaken by Aurecon. The model tested as calculated and was accepted as such by DWS.

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21 years ago Herman and his wife Carina, with their 2 daughters moved to George in the beautiful Garden Route region of South Africa. He has a passion for the people of the region and is involved in many humanitarian projects. He is co-owner of the popular Facebook group called Georgiete Staan Saam with a membership of 77 500. He is a connector and an activist for unity and works tirelessly to help all communities in George and the Garden Route to realise that the answer for the political, business and socio-economical problems of the area is to stand together, plan together and working together at a common sustainable goal of alleviating poverty. Herman is the CEO of the Love Garden Route NPC and is one of the founders of the Love George movement. He is the owner and founder of the LoveGeorge News platform and the online radio stations RadioCSA. For 30 years Herman specializes in web development and web design and through his business also offer web-hosting, email-hosting and domain-hosting. As a Pastor he has presented over 40 men's and women's camps where the main focus is to assist and guide Christians in discovering who and whose they are, discovering their true calling and then activate them into their true Prophetic and Apostolic calling.