Roodeplaat Dam, about 25km to the north-east of Pretoria central, was constructed in the mid-1950s to supply surrounding rural land owners of water. Today, this dam is the main source of potable water to numerous surrounding townships, suburbs and industries.
This development led to the proclamation of a beautiful nature reserve and the establishment of a well-known recreational resort. It also triggered development of many sought-after residential estates on its banks and in the pristine surrounding African bushveld.
Although located on the quiet far-flung outskirts of the city, Roodeplaat is within easy access of Sefako Makgato Drive (previously Zambesi) connecting Roodeplaat to the town of Cullinan in the east, Mamelodi to its south and the N1 and well-established, north-eastern suburbs like Montana and Wonderboom to its west.