Pienaars River

River in South Africa
Pienaars River is located in South Africa
Pienaars River
Location of the Pienaars River mouth
LocationCountrySouth AfricaProvinceGautengPhysical characteristicsSource  • locationEast of Pretoria MouthCrocodile River
 • coordinates
25°6′4″S 27°33′50″E / 25.10111°S 27.56389°E / -25.10111; 27.56389Coordinates: 25°6′4″S 27°33′50″E / 25.10111°S 27.56389°E / -25.10111; 27.56389
 • elevation
955 m (3,133 ft)

The Pienaars River is a river in South Africa. It is a tributary of the Crocodile River. A short section of this river is known as the Moretele River (i.e. approximately 20 km section between Haakdoornbult and the Klipvoor Dam). Tributaries of the Pienaars River include the Moreletaspruit (alternative spellings: Morelettaspruit, Moreleta Spruit).[1] Note that the above-mentioned Moretele river section is 60 km away from the Moreletaspruit and these two should not be confused with one another.

Course

It originates east of Pretoria, City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province, flowing northwards into Roodeplaat Dam (north of Mamelodi), which is also fed by the Hartbeesspruit and its tributary, the Moreletaspruit. The semi-stagnant water here and below the dam wall harbours quantities of cyanobacteria and its algal blooms. The river continues its northward course through the Dinokeng Game Reserve, where it is joined by the Boekenhoutspruit from the east, before passing under the N1 and turning westward towards Pienaarsrivier, the eponymous hamlet on its right bank, and Zaagkuilsdrift. North of Makapanstad the Apies River (or rather a short section of the Tshwane River) joins it from the south, besides the Plat River (or Utsane) from the east. The Pienaars continues westward and is joined by the Soutpanspruit at Kgomo kgomo before it enters Klipvoor Dam. About 25 km further downstream it joins the Crocodile River's right bank.[2]

Gallery

  • Algal bloom of cyanobacteria in the polluted upper reaches at Buffelsdrift

    Algal bloom of cyanobacteria in the polluted upper reaches at Buffelsdrift

  • The Boekenhoutspruit, seen here at Dinokeng, is a right bank tributary

    The Boekenhoutspruit, seen here at Dinokeng, is a right bank tributary

  • The Soutpanspruit, seen here at Tswaing, is a left bank tributary

    The Soutpanspruit, seen here at Tswaing, is a left bank tributary

  • The Kgomo kgomo floodplain attracts seasonal waterbirds

    The Kgomo kgomo floodplain attracts seasonal waterbirds

Dams in the Pienaars River

References

  1. ^ "Adopt Moreletaspruit". riv.co.za/ms/. Adopt Moreletaspruit forum. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  2. ^ Crocodile/Marico WMA 3

External links

  • Overview of the Crocodile (West)/Marico Water Management Area