Bivane Dam History

Completed in 2000, the Bivane Dam was built on the Bivane River, a tributary of the Phongolo. Conceptualised, planned and built by Impala Water Users Association, the dam was conceived as a sustainable water supply for the local irrigation scheme, and to secure primary water for the town of Pongola and surrounding communities. Its waters are collected from a catchment area of 1600 square kilometers, and have a surface area of 700 hectares. The Bivane Dam is easily accessible, situated near the center of the triangle formed by the towns of Vryheid, Pongola and Piet Retief.