A report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Motshaotshele Colliery project, close to Hendrina, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was appointed by Geovicon to conduct a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Motshaotshele Colliery Project. This is between Hendrina and Carolina in the Mpumalanga Province.
The fieldwork undertaken revealed eight sites of cultural heritage significance. These are all grave sites and therefore mitigation measures are needed. However, no mine plan is yet known and therefore the measures are given as different options to be utilized in the planning process for the mine. Once the mitigation has been implemented, the development may continue.
The developer however needs to take note that all archaeological and historical sites may not have been identified due to different environmental factors and problems experienced while in the field. 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.)