oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Water for the tip of Africa : early water supply systems for Cape Town

Volume 16, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The governing board of the Dutch East India Company resolved to set up a temporary settlement at the foot of Table Mountain and sent Jan van Riebeeck to establish the Company Gardens just below the area where the Platteklip Stream split naturally into two. He diverted it into channels around both sides of the cultivated area, and installed a system of minor furrows for irrigation. The major stream, which he named the "Varsche River" then continued down to the sea where it was the source of drinking water for both the settlement and passing ships.

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