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Graaff Electric Lighting Works and Molteno Reservoir
Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape

Type:Power Station


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33°56'18.52" S 18°24'36.88" E Alt: 104m

This was Cape Town Municipality's first power station. It was able to run on steam (the chimney stack has since been removed) as well as water. It was also the first hydro electric station in South Africa.

There is a comprehensive history of the Reservoir in an article Molteno – ‘Old boy’ of Cape Town still in service despite chequered start, published in The Water Wheel November/December 2015.

These notes were last edited on 2021 02 09