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Vrede-Thembalihle Dam

Project Date

Contract Type
EPC Turnkey

Vrede Local Municipality

Summary of Services

  • Design
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Management
  • Quality Management
  • Project Management

Project Description
The Vrede-Thembalihle Dam is located near Vrede in the Northeast Free State on the Spruitsonderdrift River. Vrede-Thembalihle Dam was built as a municipal drinking water supply dam to the town of Vrede. Vrede-Thembalihle Dam was initially conceived as a roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam and the local municipality of Vrede called for tenders for the construction of the dam. Reonet offered an alternative design consisting of a non-overspill earth embankment and a spillway constructed of rubble rock masonry concrete. Reonet’s alternative tender offer was delivered as a fixed-price turnkey project, at half the price of the tenders received for the original RCC tender design. Vrede-Thembalihle Dam has a capacity of 2.44 million cubic meters, is 18 meters high and has a spillway crest length of 50 meters.

Project Benefits
The project delivered the following benefits:

  • Water security to the town of Vrede
  • Generating many jobs in the construction of the dam
Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.
Mikhail Gorbachev