A desktop heritage assessment study for a prospecting rights application on various farms near Marnitz, Lephalale Local Municipality, Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by MSA Geoservices (Pty) Ltd trading as The MSA Group, on behalf of Capricorn Iron (Pty) Ltd, to conduct a scoping level desktop heritage assessment for a Prospecting Right Application (PRA) near Marnitz in the Limpopo Province. The area where potential mining will be undertaken is located on various farms in the area of Marnitz. The aims of the study were to determine if there are any archaeological and historical sites, and features in the area that need be taken into consideration when prospecting work commences and that could be potentially impacted upon by future mining operations.

Various sources were consulted for the desktop study. From this it is clear that there are a number of known heritage resources in the larger geographical area, as well as some sites within the boundaries of the prospecting 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 implemented, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the proposed mining exploration.

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AJ Pelser