A REPORT ON AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED 22KV POWER LINE BETWEEN MAPHOTENG AND DITSHOSHWANENG IN KURUMAN, NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Landscape Dynamics to conduct an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) for ESKOM, related to the proposed construction of a 22Kv power line between Maphoteng and Ditshoshwaneng. This is close to the town of Kuruman, John Taolo-Gaetswe District Municipality, Northern Cape 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 one site of cultural heritage significance was identified. This will however not be impacted on. The entire area of both alternatives that were investigated are disturbed and therefore chances of locating such sites are very slim. From a heritage perspective, the proposed development may therefore continue on any of the two alternatives.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artefacts 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 and that the assessment 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.