A report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Ikwezi Doornkop Mine development on various farms in the Dannhauser Local Municipality, Amajuba District Municipality, Kwazulu Natal


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Ikwezi Mining cc to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for their proposed Ikwezi Doornkop Mining development on various farms located between Newcastle and Dannhauser in the Dannhauser Local Municipality (Amajuba District Municipality) of Kwazulu Natal.

A number of cultural heritage (archaeological and historical) sites, features and objects of significance were identified during the assessment. The sites and finds date to the Stone Age, Iron Age and more recent historical time periods. Last mentioned includes grave sites. The report gives a discussion of these finds and observations made during the fieldwork and also gives an indication of the methodology followed. It also indicates how to deal with any archaeological material that may be unearthed or disturbed during the development activities.

Mitigation measures to minimize the impact of the development on the sites that were located during the assessment are put forward at the end of this report. Once these have been implemented the development, from a Cultural Heritage perspective, can continue.

Report by

A.J. Pelser & Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)