NC tourist attraction under threat


Water levels at Kamfers Dam, outside Kimberley, have decreased dramatically, following a breakdown of water supply pipes.

This is according to Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson, Sello Matsie. He says the breakdown of water supply pipes from the Goga Pump station towards the waste water treatment plant contributed to less water being deposited to the dam.

Matsie says this has negatively affected neighbouring communities. He says mines, golf courses, and farmers using this water for irrigation are worst affected.

He adds that the level of water at the Vaal River has also declined by 30% and added to the current state of the drought in the province. Matsie says the Provincial Department of Water and Sanitation has issued a request for the municipality to reduce raw water consumption from the Vaal River. Matsie says this consequently affects the amount of water, which the municipality is able to recycle. He says Flamingos at Kamfers Dam are regarded as a key tourist attraction and the current low water level is a huge problem.

“As the municipality of Sol Plaatje we want to put it on record that it’s not a state of affairs that we are happy about, because we regard the flamingos’ presence at Kamfers Dam as an eco-tourism booster for the city.  We will be doing everything in our power to ensure that the water pipeline that has broken down get fixed as soon as possible.”

Matsie says the municipality is already working on repairing the water supply pipelines.

Kamfers Dam is one of only four breeding areas of the lesser Flamingos in Africa. The lesser flamingo is the smallest of the four flamingos and not quite as brightly coloured as the Caribbean flamingo.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News