Roodeplaat Dam will be transformed for World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023

Roodeplaat Dam is situated 22km north-east of Tshwane and is the main rowing venue in Gauteng, often referred to as the home of South African rowing. In 2023, the World Rowing Masters Regatta will be held at Roodeplaat Dam. There are a number of infrastructure projects planned at Roodeplaat to get ready for World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023. These projects are needed to realise our vision of creating a world-class water sports centre, that leaves a lasting legacy for South African rowing.


Updated 1 October 2022

Improvement Priority
Installation of new rowing course: : All the lanes for the rowing course have now been installed. The buoys still need to be aligned, but the course is usable. Some more cross cables must also be installed. 1
Control of Water Hyacinth:  The rowing course is clear of hyacinth at present, due to the large team removing the weed manually, but there is still a huge mass on the rest of the dam. The hyacinth doubles every 10 to 14 days, so an integrated management solution is needed. The manual removal must be supplemented with sub-lethal spraying of herbicide and the release of bio control insects. We are also trying to raise funds to purchase an Aquatic Weed Harvester that will allow us to harvest the hyacinth from the middle of the dam. This harvester will be useful to clear the rowing course and will dump the hyacinth on the bank. 2
Reinforcement of embankment and build of new jetties: It was a hosting requirement of World Rowing that new jetties are installed for the 2023 WRMR. This project included new jetties, embankment reinforcement and foreshore rehabilitation and was completed in December 2021.

This project has been extended to upgrade the original concrete jetty, add one more new concrete jetty and rehabilitate the banks to both sides of the property.
Resurfacing of roads: The roads within the Roodeplaat reserve are in poor condition, with large potholes and degradation in many places. The priority is to resurface the stretch of road from the entrance of the reserve through the rowing centre up to the finish tower (approx. 500m), however ideally all roads within the reserve should be resurfaced. 4
Upgrade of sewerage system: The sewerage system has been upgraded. The effluent from the septic tanks is pumped to an oxidation pond up the hill. This will increase the capacity of the sewerage system and the effluent will be processed naturally. The oxidation pond will be planted with sedges to cleanse the water and provide a wetland haven for birds and other wildlife. 5
Upgrade of water reticulation system: The water supply has been converted to a dual water system. All the toilets and urinals are flushed with dam water to reduce the demand on the borehole water supply. 6
Build of new parking area: The new parking area has been completed and has been used during the last few regattas that were held at Roodeplaat Dam. 7
Improvements to ablution facilities: Refurbishment of ablution blocks in the camping area to the west of the rowing centre, renovation of upper toilet block for spectators and the ablutions in the rowing centre. 8
Improvements to venue infrastructure: A new finish tower made from containers and placed next to the water is being considered. The kitchen and pantry in clubhouse will be upgraded and all buildings will be repainted. A new fence has been erected around the rowing venue. 9

Updated: 01 October 2022

Installation of new rowing course


Control of Water Hyacinth


Reinforcement of embankment, build of new jetties


Resurfacing of roads

Upgrade of sewerage system


Upgrade of water reticulation system


Build of new parking area


Improvement to ablution facilities


Improvement to venue infrastructure


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