A report on a heritage impact assessment for the Nkomati Anthracite Mine in the Magisterial District of Barberton, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by Sentula Mining to conduct a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the Nkomati Anthracite mine. This only entails the proposed opencast area on State land at Madadeni. This is between Komatipoort and Barberton in the Mpumalanga Province, but falls in the Barberton Magisterial District.

The client indicated the area where the proposed development is to take place and the survey was confined to this area. A survey of the available literature was also undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the area.

The area where the development is planned is partially disturbed by former mining activities. Certain areas with natural vegetation still exist. This is quite dense along the river, but mostly overgrazed in other areas.

Seven sites of cultural heritage significance were located. These are discussed and mitigation measures are proposed. These resources are all of high cultural heritage significance. Only after the mitigation measures have been implemented the project may continue.

Report by

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