Mingerhout Dam in KNP to be demolished

Mingerhout Dam in KNP to be demolished

The Kruger National Park (KNP) and the South African National Defence Force (Sandf) will demolish Mingerhout Dam, on the S47, about 9 kilometres north-west of Letaba Camp.  

Mingerhout Dam KNP

The demolition is set to take between 24 January and 6 February 2021.  

Spokesperson for the South African National Parks (SanParks), Ike Phaahla has urged tourists to keep watch of the disruptions.

“Explosives will be used to demolish the structure; after which the rubble will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process undertaken by the Expanded Public Works, Biodiversity Social Program.

“In between the work taking place at Mingerhout Dam, there will be some demolition for the remaining parts of Kanniedood near Shingwedzi as well. To ensure safety of tourists, all roads in the two areas will also be temporarily closed from 24 January to 6 February 2021,” says Phaahla.  

The affected roads include the S47 gravel road, the entire loop of S47 will be closed from the junction of S47 and H1-6 to junction of S47 and S131.

In Shingwedzi, the affected roads include the S50 gravel road, this will be closed from S50 and S134 junction in Shingwedzi to the S50 and S143 junction in Mooiplaas.  

The demolition of the dam is expected to help support the park’s rehabilitation program.

“Conservation Management has taken steps to rectify these negative consequences by closing and demolishing certain artificial water holes. To enhance tourist experience, alternative game viewing opportunities will be provided in the future at areas of naturally occurring surface water,” Phaahla adds.

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