A report on a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Jabula Solid Waste Transfer Station near Rustenburg in the Northwest Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by BKS (Pty) Ltd to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for the proposed development of the so-called Jabula Solid Waste Transfer Station, on a portion of the original farm Rustenburg 272 JQ, in Rustenburg, Northwest Province.

The area has been fairly extensively disturbed in the recent past by various activities including urban developments such as roads, residential development, a railway line and a pipe line. It seems as if the area has been agriculturally disturbed (ploughed) in the past as well. Some informal, residential dumping has occurred in the area. If any sites, features or objects of a cultural heritage (archaeological and/or historical) nature or significance existed in the area during the past it would have been disturbed or destroyed to a large degree. Fairly dense vegetation and grass cover in the area of the assessment made archaeological visibility difficult as well. Recommendations regarding the mitigation of impacts on any possible sites, objects or features that could be located in the area are given at the end of this report.

If the recommendations put forward at the end of this document are implemented, then, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the continuation of the proposed development.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA