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Burst the banks: ‘drought-fearful’ farmer in hot water for illegal dam

A KwaZulu-Natal farmer has been ordered to demolish a dam he was not authorised to build

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A Winterton farmer who built a second dam on his farm without proper authorisation — apparently because he needed more water because of a drought — has been ordered to demolish it.

The Water Tribunal of SA has ordered that David Gace comply, within 14 days, with a directive issued by the department of water and sanitation in March 2019 that he remove the dam wall and appoint specialists to begin a “decommissioning and rehabilitation” plan within certain timelines.

The matter came before the panel as an appeal by Gace against the directive which, he said, was “irrational, unreasonable and unconstitutional”. He said the demolition of the dam, which has a 9m wall and capacity of 300,000m³, amounted to deprivation of property...

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