n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - SANCOLD celebrates its 50th anniversary : water engineering

Volume 23, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) was formed in 1965 when it joined the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). At that stage there were only 45 member countries in ICOLD compared to the current 97, and six African Member countries compared to the 22 at present. When joining ICOLD, the proposed National Committee must form the organisation and prepare a constitution, as well as submit a register of its large dams, generally defined as having a height of more than 15 m. The current Register of South African Large Dams is on the SANCOLD website. The original initiative to form SANCOLD was driven by the then Department of Water Affairs. It is interesting to note that the SAICE Water Engineering Division also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years there has been close collaboration between the two bodies.

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