A REPORT ON A CULTURAL HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF AN INLAND DIESEL WHOLESALE DEPOT INCLUDING A TRANSPORTATION PIPELINE ON PORTION 5 OF THE FARM FRANSHOEK 1861, SWINBURNE, FREE STATE PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Spatial Solutions Incorporated to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed development of an inland diesel wholesale depot including a transportation pipeline on portion 5 of the farm Franshoek 1861, Swinburne. This is in Thabo Mofutsanyana Municipal District and the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the Free State Province.
The methodology for the study includes a survey of literature and a field survey. The latter was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices and was aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of proposed development.
If required, the location/position of any site was determined by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS), while photographs were also taken where needed. The survey was undertaken by doing a physical survey via off-road vehicle and on foot and covered as much as possible of the area to be studied. Certain factors, such as accessibility, density of vegetation, etc. may however influence the coverage.
All sites, objects, features and structures identified were documented according to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Co-ordinates of individual localities were determined by means of the Global Positioning System (GPS). The information was added to the description in order to facilitate the identification of each locality.
During the survey no site of cultural heritage significance was identified.
The following is recommended:
- Since nothing of heritage importance was identified, this report is seen as ample mitigation.
- A visual impact assessment is probably not needed since most of the infrastructure will be below ground and since nothing of cultural importance was identified
- No buffer zones or areas to be avoided are needed.
- The project may continue, and authorization may be granted, but only after receiving comments from either the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority of the Free State or SAHRA.
- It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Operating controls and monitoring should therefore be aimed at the possible unearthing of such features. Care should therefore be taken when development commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate the occurrence.
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 (Accreditation number: 166)
Accredited member of SASCH (Accreditation number: CH001)