A report on a heritage impact assessment for a proposed opencast coal mine on the farms Joubertsvlei 260 IT and Meppel 264 IT, close to Ermelo, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was appointed by Geovicon to conduct a heritage impact assessment for a proposed opencast coal mine on certain portions of the farm Joubertsvlei 260 IT and Meppel 264 IT. This is close to Ermelo in the Mpumalanga Province.
The fieldwork undertaken revealed eighteen sites of cultural heritage significance. These are discussed in the report.
Appropriate mitigation measures are proposed. The development may continue only after implementation of these.
The developer also needs to take note that all archaeological and historical sites may not have been identified due to the density of vegetation in certain areas. It also is possible that subterranean archaeological sites may be found later on. Should such sites be identified, it needs to be dealt with by an archaeologist.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)