A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Strumosa Urban Agri and Waste Education Centre in Rustenburg, North West Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Aecom South Africa (Pty) Ltd. to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Urban Agri and Waste Education Centre in Rustenburg. This is in the Northwest Province.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the area. This was followed by the field survey which was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices, aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the footprint area of the proposed development.
The aim and methodology for the survey was to document all sites, objects, features and structures according to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Co-ordinates of individual localities are determined by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS). The information is then added to photographs and the description in order to facilitate the identification of each locality.
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance were located in the area to be developed. This is mainly due to the great level of disturbance of the area. The development may therefore continue.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when the development commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)