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ASPOORT DAM

"Aspoort?" I can already hear you thinking aloud, "Aspoort - never even heard of it!"

OK, you're right! The Aspoort Dam is yet to be built, but could, in future, become a home for Bass (hopefully the Florida strain!). Construction is set to commence anytime between 2005 and 2008, but only time will tell if these time-frames will be adhered to.

Here is some info which formed part of a 1998 Sapa report:

ASMAL VIEWS PROPOSED SITE FOR GIANT W.CAPE DAM
CAPE TOWN October 20
1998 Sapa

Water Affairs Minister Kader Asmal on Tuesday made a helicopter
reconnaissance of the Western Cape’s Olifants and Doring river
basins to examine at firsthand the site of what could become the
province’s biggest dam.

The department of water affairs’ Western Cape regional director
Rashid Khan told Sapa that construction of the new dam - at
Aspoort on the Doring River - had been proposed by Northern Cape premier Manne Dipico.

The Doring, which runs along the eastern side of the Cedarberg
Mountains, is one of South Africa’s last unspoilt rivers, and
several important historical and archaeological sites occur along
it.

Khan said if a decision was taken to go ahead, the new dam could
hold between 230 and 430 million cubic metres. The higher figure
would make the Aspoort dam 30 million cubic metres bigger than
Theewaterskloof dam near Villiersdorp, currently the largest body
of inland water in the Western Cape.

Speaking at a meeting in the West Coast town of Mooreesburg after his inspection flight, Asmal said the site at Aspoort had long
been identified as one of the best for construction of a dam.

The Northern Cape government had recently investigated the Aspoort scheme as an opportunity to stimulate development, and had come up with positive results.

However, the outcome of the study clearly pointed to a lack of
information in several areas, particularly on environmental and
ecological requirements.

”There are still several years of study required to gain sufficient understanding of these systems, to judiciously decide on the level of development that would be naturally sustainable,” Asmal said.

Khan told Sapa that the cost of building the dam would be about R1 billion.

Another site - at the confluence of the Doring and Olifants rivers
- was also under consideration.

He said it would require a minimum of seven to 10 years before
construction could start on the Aspoort scheme.

The Doring River rises in the mountains north of Ceres and runs
north through the Karoo for over 100km, before turning east and
joining the Olifants.

So there you have it! Remember you heard about it on the BIG BASS website first!


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