A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the Leeuwpoort t & DB Driefontein Mine, close to Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was appointed by Geovicon to conduct a cultural heritage impact
assessment for the proposed Leeuwpoort T&DB Driefontein Mine. This is close to
Emalahleni in the Mpumalanga Province.
The HIA survey was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices and
was aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance
in the area of proposed development.
In the area impacted upon by the proposed development four sites of cultural
heritage significance were identified. The report gives a discussion of these and also
gives an indication of the methodology followed. It also indicates how to deal with
any archaeological material that may be unearthed during construction activities in
Three of the sites found are grave yards. There is two possible ways of dealing with
this, depending on whether the impact thereon is direct or indirect . The necessary
recommendations are made.
It is concluded that the proposed development may continue , but only after the
indicated mitigation measures have been implemented. 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.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)