A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for a proposed mining right application on the farm De Roodepoort 435 IS, close to Ermelo, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary
Archaetnos cc was requested by Cabanga Environmental to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed mining right application on the farm De Roodepoort 435 IS. This is located near the town of Ermelo within 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.
During the survey two sites of cultural heritage significance were located. Mitigation measures are proposed. After implementation of these, the proposed development may continue.
It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. The state of the environment also makes it possible that not all sites were identified. Care should therefore be taken, when the development commences, in the event that 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 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
Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH