Archaetnos cc was appointed by Razita Mining Resources Pty Ltd to conduct a heritage assessment of the proposed prospecting activities on the farms Beeshoek 448 and Olynfontein 475. This is close to the town of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape Province.
The mine is planning to open a new opencast pit, which will include the area where the mine village is situated. Most of the village will therefore have to be demolished. The aim of the study therefore was to assess the different buildings in the village and to propose mitigation measures in this regard.
Most of the buildings relate to the period after 1960-1970 and therefore has no particular heritage value. Some of the buildings however date back to the 1930’s and therefore may be of heritage value. Many of these have been changed through the years resulting in a loss of heritage significance. A few buildings dating from the 1930’s therefore do have heritage significance. The report indicates appropriate measures for the preservation of some of these. This includes mitigation measures.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)