A desktop heritage assessment study for a prospecting rights application on various farms Southwest of Alldays, Lephalale Magisterial District, Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by MSA Geoservices (Pty) Ltd trading as The MSA Group to conduct a scoping level desktop heritage assessment for a Prospecting Right Application (PRA) southwest of Alldays in the Lephalale Magisterial District of the Limpopo Province. The area where potential mining will be undertaken is located on Zandvliet 251 MR, Nooitgedacht 253 MR, Moddergat 281 MR and Welgelegen 299 MR. The aims of the study were to determine if there are any possible 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. There are some known heritage resources in the larger geographical area, while no sites are known to occur within the boundaries of the prospecting area. It is however 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.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA