South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the Kanniedood Dam in Kruger National Park will be removed for ecologocal reasons. The demolition of the artificial water point, which is located on the S50 about 9km south east of Shingwedzi Rest Camp, is set to beginn on 08 April 2018 and will last until 20 April 2018. Explosives will be used to demolish the structure; after which the rubble will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process.
The area around the Kanniedood Dam will be cleared to ensure animals and human beings are safe; all roads in the areas will also be temporarily closed e.g. S50 gravel road will be closed from S50 and S143 junction in Mooiplaas up to S50 and S134 junction in Shingwedzi from 06 to 23 April 2018.
SANParks has been closing artificial water points in Kruger National Park for the past ten years, with the last being Ngotso Dam, Ngotso Weir and Gudzani windmill in December 2016.
Artificial water holes where water did not previously occur naturally have led to numerous ecological problems such as erosion and other environmental degradation. This also resulted in a negative consequence for the rare herbivore species such as roan and sable antelope, increasing grazing competition by the more abundant herbivores. (via SANParks)