A basic heritage scoping report (pre-fieldwork) for the proposed Sylvania Resources Volspruit Mine on the farm Volspruit 326 KR, near Mokopane, Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by EScience Associates to draft a Basic Heritage Scoping Report, as part of a larger Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), for the proposed new Sylvania Resources Volspruit Mine. The mine is to be located on the farm Volspruit 326 KR, near Mokopane in the Limpopo Province. The development area is located south of Mokopane and east of the NI Freeway. The aim of this Basic Report was to determine if there are any archaeological and historical sites, features and object in the area that need be taken into consideration during the HIA and planned mining operations.

Various sources were consulted for the Basic Scoping Report. From this it is clear that there are a number of known heritage resources in the area. It is also envisaged that a number of previously unknown sites might exist here.

A number of recommendations are put forward at the end of this report. If these are adhered to, as well as those put forward in the Phase 1 HIA report that will follow this study, then there would be, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, no objection to the proposed mining operations.

Report by

A.J. Pelser