The Mountain Kingdom’s Feat

Katse Dam, Lesotho

Katse Dam, Lesotho

This great postcard of the Katse Dam in our neighbouring country of Lesotho, comes from Hape. The Katse Dam forms part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It is a joint project between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa, that supplies water to both countries, making it Africa’s largest water transfer scheme. There is also an element of hydroelectric power generation, which is good for my coal-dependent home country. The Katse Dam, which has a surface area of 3580 hectares was Africa’s largest dam until the TekezĂ© dam was completed in Ethiopia in 2009. I think that was quite a feat for our tiny little neighbour. The Katse Dam was first opened in 1996 and by 1998 the reservoirs had been filled. That is one very large dam. When I think about dams filling up, I am always reminded of a not-so-bright South African politician that once said the previous government had built the dams too big, so they take longer to fill. It was argued that if the dams were smaller, they would fill up quicker and there would be more water to go around. Now, with that kind of logic in our government, all I can say is: No wonder! Thank you Hape, this is truly an awesome postcard!

Taipei to Pretoria

Taipei to Pretoria, 11490km

Distance Between Taipei and Pretoria

Anjan, a geography teacher (clearly) from Taiwan sent me this cool postcard. It shows the distance between the Taiwanese capital, Taipei and the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria. I find it difficult to imagine that one would actually find these kinds of postcards in a store, as it is rather random to have a postcard with a measurement of the distance between the capital of one country and the capital of another that is not of great interest to the former. Nevertheless, I really do like the postcard. Thanks Anjan.