A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment related to the Emp for Simmer Deep Gold Minings reclaim operation at the existing Doornkop mine, Gauteng Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Hydro-Science to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed reclaiming of the existing Doornkop Mine dump by Simmer Deep Gold Mining. This is situated on the West Rand in the Gauteng 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 area of the proposed development.
All sites, objects, features and structures identified were to be documented according to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Co-ordinates of individual localities were determined by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS). The information was 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. This is mainly a result of the area being almost entirely disturbed by recent human activities. The proposed development may therefore continue.
It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when development commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate the occurrence.
It is also important to take cognizance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the submission of this report via the SAHRIS System on the SAHRA website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from SAHRA.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)