A CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE GRAVE SITES AT THE THE NKOMATI ANTHRACITE MINE IN THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT OF BARBERTON, MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
This document entails a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for two areas with graves identified at the Nkomati Anthracite Mine. The mine is operated on State-owned land at Madadeni. This is between Komatipoort and Barberton in the Mpumalanga Province, but falls in the Barberton Magisterial District.
The methodology and terminology used with regards to management plans are explained and the legal framework stated within the plan. International conventions regarding the protection of cultural resources are also cited within the plan (this document). These include the Burra Charter, the Venice Charter and the Conservation plan of Kerr. These aspects are considered in the conservation plan for the site.
Guidelines and principles for the management of the sites are given throughout the document. These principles give a clear way forward and are the basic conservation and preservation principles to be used in managing cultural resources. The recommendations made in the document are done within the parameters of the National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act 25 of 1999).
In conclusion some management principles and guidelines are given. The management plan is an open document meaning that it should be adapted and reassessed from time to time. A continuation period of at least five years is given. However, any developments done before the expiry of the five year period should be used to re-evaluate the impact on cultural resources and to make the necessary adaptations to the document. The five year period ends in 2023.