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Ruacana lists tenth on the list of the world’s largest waterfalls. (“The hurrying of Waters”, Prospect, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 1975; Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Vol. 6, p.7, Vol. 9, p. 419, Vol. 12, pp 20 and 70) What exactly they mean with the word “large” is not clear in this case. Although, a waterfall that annually sees some 6,000 million cubic metres water pour over a drop of 120 metres, can surely be called large. The possibility of building a hydro-electric power station at the Ruacana waterfall already enjoyed attention from an early stage.

Eventually, on 21 January 1969, the final “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of Portugal on the first phase development of the water resources of the Cunene River” was signed.

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