Report on the Phase II heritage investigation of a farmstead on the farm Blijvooruitzicht 383 JT near Belfast in Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by Exxaro to conduct a phase II heritage documentation of a farmstead on the farm Blijvooruitzicht 383 JT. This is close to Belfast in the Mpumalanga Province. The area is earmarked for coal mining.

The phase II investigation was a result of the recommendations of a Phase I investigation done in December 2009. Legislation relevant to heritage was also discussed. The most important of these are the National Heritage Resources Act (25 of 1999).

Two of the buildings associated with the farmstead were found to be fairly recent in age. These have no heritage value and may therefore be demolished without obtaining permission.

The farmstead and one other outbuilding are older than 60 years. It has however been changed to a large extent and is not unique. It received a rating of low cultural significance. It was indicated that it may be demolished, but only after it has been documented. This report is the result of the documentation of the house. However, in order to have it demolished a permit will be needed from the Mpumalanga Provincial Heritage Resources Agency (PHRA).

Report by

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