Work progresses on Southern Rhodesia's Kyle Irrigation Dam - due to be completed at the end of this year at a cost of GBP2 1/2M.
Work progresses on Southern Rhodesia's Kyle Irrigation Dam - due to be completed at the end of this year at a cost of GBP2 1/2M. The dam and the lake it will form - like the project at Kariba - will become a tourist centre for fishing and boating. No animal rescue work is necessary, nor will Africans have to be evacuated as at Kariba.
The Kyle Dam is being built by an Italian and British combine for the Southern Rhodesian Government. Its length at the top will be 1,100 feet, height 223 feet from the lowest foundation. A road, 18 feet wide will span the top, to carry two lines of traffic.
Work began on the dam January 1959. Some 700 African labourers work on the project with the European staff of 36, of which two-thirds are Italian. Waters from the lake - some 25 miles long - will be carried by canals across 50 miles of country to supply vast sugar plantations.
Kyle is 25 miles from Fort Victoria and 10 miles from the Zimbabwe Ruins of an ancient Bantu City.