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Bloemhof is an agricultural town of about 28,000 inhabitants situated on the banks of the Vaal River in North West Province of South Africa.It was founded in 1864 when diamonds were discovered in the area. The town was established on the farm owned by John Barclay, who survived the HMS Birkenhead shipwreck in 1852.

The place became known for its flower court in the lovely gardens that were planted by Barclay’s daughter.



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Bloemhof dam  was originally known as the Oppermansdrif Dam when under construction during the late 1960s. It is located at the confluence of the Vaal River and the Vet River, on the border between the North West, and Free State, provinces of .




* Bloemhof dam wall is very long with a total length of 4 270 m. 

The dam was commissioned in 1970, has a capacity of 1,269,000,000 cubic meters (4.48×1010 cu ft), and an area of 223 square kilometers (86 sq mi), the wall is 33 meters (108 ft) high.

It is fed with the outflow from the Vaal dam.



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