A REPORT ON A HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED NOKENG-FLUORSPAR 132KV POWER LINE DEVIATION, GAUTENG PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Texture Environmental Services to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) related to the proposed Nokeng-Fluorspar 132kV power line deviation. This is close to Rust-de-Winter, which lies in the Limpopo Province. The proposed power line route runs along the Gauteng / Limpopo Provinces border (just inside Limpopo Province) in a north-south direction, then turn west and run in the Gauteng Province.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken 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.
Two alternative deviation routes were investigated. During the survey one site of cultural heritage significance was identified. Mitigation measures are therefore proposed. It also needs to be mentioned that accessibility was a problem on some properties along the route. From a heritage perspective, there is no preference for any of the two routes investigated. The proposed development may therefore continue on any of the two alternatives, but taking into account the mitigation measures.
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.