A heritage impact assessment study for the proposed Ruth First Mall, erf 2458 (Rietgat 611 JR), Soshanguve M ext 1, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Delron Consulting cc, on behalf of Maphumula Investments (Pty) Ltd, to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for the proposed new Ruth First Mall in Soshanguve. It is the intention of Maphumula Investments (Pty) Ltd to establish a shopping centre on Erf 2458 of the proclaimed township Soshanguve M X1. The total area of the stand is 9.3248 ha in size.

The aims were to determine if there are any archaeological and historical sites, features and object in the area that need be taken into consideration when development work commences. A desktop study formed part of the work.

No cultural heritage (archaeological and historical) sites, features and objects were identified and recorded during the fieldwork in the area. The area has been extensively disturbed in the recent past through various residential developments and activities, agriculture (ploughing and crop raising) and if any sites did exist here it might have been completely disturbed or destroyed.

The report discusses the results of the study while a number of recommendations are put forward at the end of the report. Should these be implemented there would be no objection from a Cultural Heritage point of view to the proposed development.

Report by

AJ Pelser