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South Africa: New weir commissioned in Western Cape

The Western Cape provincial government has commissioned a weir that diverts water flows from the Holsloot River to 150 agricultural farms. The facility was built by the Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas (Casidra), in collaboration with Quebec-based JVC Construction, South Africa-based Ingerop Consulting Engineers, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Stellenbosch University.

The Holsloot weir – located near Rawsonville in the Western Cape – was built at a cost of US$5.7 million, funded by the Western Cape government. The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer, who is overseeing the project, has entrusted the operation of the weir to the Holsloot Water Users Association. The association will use the overflow of the Holsloot River to supply some 150 agricultural farms, including 4,000 hectares of vines, mainly wine vines.


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