Shea O’Connor Combined School at Spring Grove Dam

Senior Students from Shea O’Connor Combined School visited Spring Grove Dam in Rosetta recently, for a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the dam, its construction, the impact that it has had on the surrounding social and biophysical environments, and the people employed to build it. Construction of the dam on the Mooi River began in February 2011 and the basin is currently filling. The dam wall is 607 m long, 37 meters high and is made of composite roller compacted concrete with an earth embankment. It is smaller than Midmar Dam; its gross storage volume is 140 million cubic liters as compared to Midmar’s 235 million cubic litres. Its surface area at full supply level will be 10.22 km2 as compared to Midmar’s 17.93 km2

Nondumiso Mbhida, Grade 11 student: “This trip was interesting and amazing, I learnt a lot that day. I really enjoyed the challenging question and answer session. It got me to think about the fact that Geography is a useful subject for many careers.”

This excursion was organised by the Midlands Conservancies Forum and KZN Crane Foundation and funded by N3Toll Concession. See more at: