A report on the cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Maseve Bulk Services Project at the proposed Maseve Housing Project on the remaining extent of Portion 2 and the remaining extent of Portion 9 of the farm Elandsfontein 102 JQ, Northwest ProvinceSummary
Archaetnos cc was requested by HydroScience to conduct a cultural Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for the proposed installation of bulk water and sewer services, related to the Maseve housing development. This is on the Remaining Extent of Portion 2 and the Remaining Extent of Portion 9 of the farm Elandsfontein 102 JQ, near Boshoek, north-west of Rustenburg in the Northwest Province.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken to obtain background information regarding the area. This was followed by a 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.
During the survey, one site of cultural heritage significance was found. Mitigation measures are proposed. A large section of the surveyed area, however, appeared to be disturbed and no other sites of significance were observed. The proposed development may therefore continue after implementation of the mitigation measures.
Care should nevertheless be taken as heritage features are frequently not found due to environmental and other factors having an effect on the survey. It should also be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Therefore, when the development commences and any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist should be called in to investigate and that the HIA be amended if necessary.
It is also important to take cognisance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the submission of this report via the South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS) on the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from SAHRA.
Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA (Accreditation number: 166) Accredited member of SASCH (Accreditation number: CH001)