A report on an additional cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed development on the farm Waterkloof 305 JQ, close to Rustenburg, Northwest Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Hydro Science to conduct an additional cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed housing development on the farm Waterkloof 305 JQ. This is close to the town of Rustenburg in the Northwest Province. A previous heritage assessment was done in 2007, but a grave yard was identified later on by farm workers. Therefore the area was surveyed again. This report gives an assessment of the grave yard as an addition to the previous report.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the proposed project area and the surrounding environment. This was followed by the field survey which was aimed at assessing the grave yard, identifying additional heritage resources, if any, and including it in a heritage assessment report.
Recommendations given are aimed at mitigating impacts that may be exerted on the sites. After implementing these, the proposed development may continue. It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a possibility. As such, care should be taken when the construction phase of the project commences. If any historical sites, features or artifacts are discovered, a qualified archaeologist should be commissioned to investigate.
It is also important to take cognisance of the applicant’s responsibility to submit this report via the SAHRIS System on the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from the SAHRA.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)