A REPORT ON AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR A PROPOSED LATTICE MAST AND BASE STATION IN THE MAGANGANGOZI RURAL AREA, CLOSE TO BERGVILLE, KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Icebo Enviro Projects to conduct an archaeological heritage impact assessment for the development of a proposed 54 m high lattice mast with a 16 x 16 m base station. This is located in the Magangangozi Rural Area in Bergville, within the Okhahlamba Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal 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 sites of cultural heritage significance were identified. The following is recommended:
- This report is seen as ample mitigation.
- The development may however only continue after receiving the necessary comments from the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (AMAFA) and implementing their decision.
- It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. It may only become known later on. Therefore, operating controls and monitoring should be introduced, 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.
Anton C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)
Accredited member of ASAPA
Professional member of SASCH,
Johan Smit, BA (Hons)
Daniël Viljoen, BA (Hons)