Kruger Park roads temporarily closed for demolition of Kanniedood Dam

THE Kruger National Park (KNP), in conjunction with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would demolished the remaining part of Kanniedood Dam south east of Shingwedzi Camp.

The remaining section of this dam would be blown up on in sections from today (Friday, Nov 29) to December 6. It is part of the rehabilitation process of the Expanded Public Works, Biodiversity Social Programme.

To ensure safety of tourists, all roads in the areas would be temporarily during this time.A

Affected roads are the S50 gravel road which would be closed from the 0 and S134 junction in Shingwedzi to the S50 and S143 junction in Mooiplaas.

Further safety measures have been put in place:

  • KNP ranger teams and SANDF fire fighting teams would be on stand-by to extinguish any wild fires which might arise.
  • The area around the target structures would be cleared to ensure animals and humans are safe
  • An aerial flight would be dispatched to the area immediately prior to detonation to ensure no tourists, animals or staff members are near the targeted dam.

The Kanniedood Dam wall was breached by the 2013 floods. The river opened a new channel, rendering the remaining structure to become redundant as it could not longer retain water.

The KNP has an artificial water provision policy which allows for the closing and removal of artificial water points. Artificial water holes where water did not occur naturally had led to numerous ecological problems such as erosion and other environmental degradation (such as barriers to fish migration routes). Conservation management had taken steps to rectify this by closing and demolishing certain artificial water holes. To enhance tourist experience, alternative game viewing opportunities would be provided in the future at areas of naturally occurring surface water.

 

 

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