A REPORT ON A HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A RETAIL CENTRE ON ERVEN 20, 21 AND 22 OF PRESIDENT PARK X6, EMALAHLENI, MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by AdiEnvironmental CC to conduct a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed development of a retail centre on Erven 20, 21 and 22 , President Park X6. This is on portion 234 of the farm Zeekoewater 311 JS, in the town of eMalahleni, Mpumalanga Province
The methodology for the study includes a survey of literature and a field survey. The latter was conducted according to generally accepted HIA/AIA 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.
General public consultation will be done by AdiEnvironmental. The various specialist reports will be utilized for this purpose.
The survey of the indicated area was completed successfully. No visible archaeological evidence was found.
The following is recommended:
- This report is seen as sufficient mitigation and the proposed development may
- It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. It is possible that some sites may only become known later on. 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.
In this regard the following ‘Chance find Procedure’ should be followed:
- Upon finding any archaeological or historical material all work at the affected area must cease.
· The area should be demarcated in order to prevent any further work there until an investigation has been completed.
· An archaeologist should be contacted immediately to provide advice on the matter.
- Should it be a minor issue, the archaeologist will decide on future action. Depending on the nature of the find, it may include a site visit.
- SAHRA’s APM Unit may also be notified.
· If needed the necessary permit will be applied for with SAHRA. This will be done in conjunction with the appointed archaeologist.
· The removal of such archaeological material will be done by the archaeologist in lieu of the approval given by SAHRA, including any conditions stipulated by the latter.
Work on site will only continue after the archaeologist/ SAHRA has agreed to such a matter.
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