THE VAALDAM AND
The Vaaldam is one of the largest inland dams
with more than 1100 sq km’s shoreline.
It is one of the cleanest dams, with water
clean enough to drink, swim, and a haven for all types of water
sports. The dam supply water to Johannesburg and Surrounding
Currently there are four towns around the
Vaaldam, one in Gauteng, and 3 on the Freestate borders of the
town. The towns are Vaalmarine(Gauteng) , Deneysville(Freestate),
Oranjeville(Freestate), Villiers(Freestate), and Franfort (
Freestate).Villiers is next to the Vaalriver that feeds the dam,
Franfort next to the Wilgeriver that also feeds the dam.
Deneysville, Oranjeville, and Vaalmarine are all on the shoreline
of the Vaaldam.
The dam is probably the largest playground
for water sports. It has been said that there are more keelboats
at Vaaldam than all our coastal harbors. It is also ideal for
fishing, skiing, canoeing . There are more than 10 sailing clubs
around the dam.
In early stone-age times, the San had settled
along the shore of the Vaal river, where Deneysville is
established today. They were followed by the Khoikhoi. Ruins of
their dwellings can be seen in the area today.
Deneysville was established during the period
of the building of the Vaaldam wall. At the time of completion, it
became South Africa’s first international airport when Imperial
Airway’s first ‘C’ Class flying boat ‘Canopus’ Landed
here in 1937.
The village was named after Deneys Reitz who
was Minister of Agriculture at the time. The stone cottage on the
waterfront built by the Reitz family is now St, Peter’s Church,
a popular wedding venue.
The Vaaldam is only 110 km,s from
Johannesburg, East Rand , or the West rand, not more than one and
a half hours drive away. It is approximately 30 km,s from large
towns such as Vereeniging, Sasolburg and Van der Bijl Park , and
about 50 km,s from Heidelberg.