A report on an archaeological impact assessment for a proposed light industrial area (Benicon Park X1) and filling station on the remaining extent of the farm Naauwpoort 335 JS, close to Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Clean Stream Environmental to conduct an archaeological impact assessment for a proposed light industrial area called Benicon Park X 1. This is close to the town of eMalahleni in the Mpumalanga 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 site of cultural heritage significance was located. This is no surprise as the area is reasonably disturbed. This report is therefore seen as being ample mitigation and the proposed 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 further that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
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.) Accredited member of ASAPA Professional member of SASCH & Zurethe Collins (BA), BA (Hons) Archaeology