1887

n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers - Die aanloop tot die Vaalhartsbesproeiingskema : technical paper

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Abstract

Die Hartsrivier en omliggende vallei is laer gelee as die bodem van die Vaalrivier by Veertien Strome. Gunstige toestande het besproeiing van die Hartsvallei met water uit die Vaalrivier moontlik gemaak - 'n feit wat ingenieurs en politici oor die jare heen geinteresseer het. Die eerste besproeiingsplan is reeds in 1875 deur 'n staatslandmeter, J H Ford, voorgele. Meer ambisieuse skemas is later ontwerp en voorgele. Weens politieke onvermoe en gebrek aan geld het ongelukkig niks van die planne tereg gekom nie. Die depressie van die vroee 1930's en die gepaardgaande werkloosheid het uiteindelik veroorsaak dat die regering die bou van die skema op 2 November 1933 goedgekeur het. Die eerste nedersetters kon in 1938 besit van hulle persele neem.

The bed of the Vaal River in the vicinity of Fourteen Streams lies at an elevation considerably above that of the Harts River and the Harts Valley. Favourable conditions therefore existed for the construction of irrigation works on a large scale to take water from the Vaal River to the Harts Valley. Over the years those conditions interested both engineers and politicians. As early as 1875 a government surveyor, J H Ford, proposed a possible scheme, which was followed by more ambitious proposals. For reasons of political inability and a shortage of money, nothing came of any of these schemes. The depression of the early 1930s and the consequent unemployment led to the Government's announcement on 2 November 1933 that the scheme would be built. The first farmers took possession of their plots in 1938.

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