A desktop heritage assessment study for a prospecting rights application on portion 3 & 5 of the farm Kromdraai 209 JR, near Rust De Winter, Gauteng


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) near Rust de Winter in Gauteng. The area where potential mining will be undertaken is located on Portion 3 & 5 of the farm Kromdraai 209 JR. The work was commissioned on behalf of the Vergenoeg Exploration Company. 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. From this it is clear that there are a number of known heritage resources in the larger geographical area, and possibly some sites within the boundaries of the prospecting area. It is envisaged that a number of previously unknown sites might also 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