A report on a basic assessment relating to cultural heritage resources for the proposed Eskom Tekwane North Line and Substations, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was appointed by Wandima Environmental Services to conduct a basic assessment relating to cultural heritage resources for the proposed Tekwane North Eskom line. This is situated in Tekwane North, close to Mbombela in the Mpumalanga Province. Three options for the route were surveyed during September 2011 and two additional options for substations were surveyed in April 2013.
The fieldwork undertaken revealed four sites of cultural heritage significance. The area is however disturbed by past human activities such as housing and agriculture.
From a heritage point of view it is proposed that option B be used. Only one heritage resource was identified on this route, but this can easily be mitigated. This route also runs through an area mostly already disturbed. However it would be possible to use any of the others, but only after the implementation of the indicated mitigation measures.
As far as the substations go, any one of the options is acceptable as no heritage sites were found here. Therefore, the substations indicated on the route options decided on, will be acceptable.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)