On the 24th of March 2014 President Jacob Zuma officially opened the De Hoop Dam. During the opening ceremony President Zuma outlined the importance of the dam to the region: “The first is to supply water to the towns, industries and poorly serviced rural communities (in the region). Secondly, the dam will supply water to the mines in order to help unlock vast mineral deposits, mainly in the form of platinum group metals found in the region. (It will) therefore be a catalyst for both social and economic development for this region.”

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