A report on the cultural heritage aspects for a basic assessment for the Marble Hall NDP project: the proposed construction of a 42 km, 132 kv power line from Wolvenkraal Substation to the new Moutse Substation, Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Landscape Dynamics Environmental Consultants to conduct a basic assessment relating to the cultural heritage aspects for the proposed Marble Hall NDP Project. This entails the construction of approximately 42 km of 132 kV power line from the existing Wolvenkraal substation to the proposed new Moutse substation. This is situated in the Limpopo Province. One route with a partial alternative was investigated.

The fieldwork undertaken revealed no sites of cultural heritage significance. From a heritage perspective there is no specific preference as to which of the alternatives may be decided upon.

As the investigation was done via the air it needs to be indicated that certain areas with relatively dense bush may include heritage sites missed from the air. This however is limited as the view from the helicopter was quite good. An indication of these areas is however given in order for the client to know how these should be handled in future. There are no specific no-go areas relating to heritage on any of the alternatives. Chance finds that may be unearthed during construction activities must be brought under the attention of an archaeologist in order to assess the significance thereof as well as to recommend a way forward.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)